Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 4:25-28.
Read this passage carefully and then consider which command is being directed at you today and then make the choice to come up under that truth and walk in it. Ask Christ for His help to take that truth to heart. As you do, confess anything that you might need to confess to Him. What have you said, thought, or done that was wrong?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
“Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.”
WATER THE SEED
Going through great trials can take their toll. Difficult circumstances can make you more vulnerable to sin. Peter says to cast all of your anxieties upon Christ for “the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). Don’t try to walk alone. Be diligent to find another believer to share the journey with. Make time to be in community. The sheep that wanders from the flock gets caught in a thicket, becomes the prey of wolves, or gets lost.
Spend a few moments thinking about the truth that as Christians we are all members of one body, Jesus Christ. Psalm 51 comes to mind. David says that when he sinned, he sinned against God, and God alone! This verse helps us understand why! We are all members of one another – all members of Christ’s body! When we lie to one another, we are lying to Jesus. When we are unkind to one another, we are being unkind to Jesus. Lord, help us see all the ramifications of this truth today as we meditate on this scripture. Reveal your truth!
BEAR THE FRUIT
Members of one another, of Christ’s body.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Ephesians 4:25-28 KJV