"Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you."Ephesians 4:25:32
These are practical words for us, showing how there should be a clear and visible link between how we think and how we behave.Speaking truthfully to one another leads the list .It is hard to amplify how much better life would be when it is based on the fundamental principle of truth rather than lies. Liars live in fear; those unblinking of the truth sleep better at night. Controlling our anger is next. Note that Paul doesn't say, "Don't be angry." Anger is not in itself a sinful thing: anger used as God intends helps us stand up to injustice, and plead the cause of the persecuted or the overlooked. But unchecked anger, or anger motivated by self or pride, is an open door to the devil. Honest work and generosity, speaking and thinking well of one another, fostering a soft heart towards others and keeping short accounts - we are all aware of how difficult it is to live these values out consistently. We must learn to depend on one another to keep each other accountable.
Let's ask the Holy Spirit to show us which of these areas we need most help with in order to serve Christ better.
Lord, I pray that Your Spirit will change me in the needed ways and that I'll let someone hold me accountable.