The first 3 chapters of Ephesians are all about God and His work.
Our action comes out of being changed by God first.
ACTION 1: With eyes and hearts fixed on Jesus, WALK worthy of the calling you have received with all;…
“Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.”
– C.S. Lewis.
Self-controlled, empathy, caring.
Who have you been prideful towards? ________________________
How can you seek reconciliation?
Bearing one another
“Put up” with one another in love.
ACTION 2: KEEP the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.
Ephesians 4:4-6. There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to one hope at your calling— one Lord, one faith, one baptism,one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in all.
Mark 12:29-31. Ephesians 4:1-6. Philippians 2:3.
Notes“United in Christ” 7/28/21
Use this checklist to evaluate where you see pride in your life.
I find it easy to see the shortcomings and sins of others, but often I cannot see my own.
I am critical of the positions, blessings, and gifts of others.
I want others to know how spiritual I am, and I drop frequent hints – some subtle, some not so subtle – in praise of myself.
I am willing to gossip and tear down others so I will look better than them.
I am often unwilling to “give in” for the sake of others.
I find it easy to follow my own advice, my own direction, and my own wisdom.
I find it hard to receive and accept “godly advice, wisdom and correction” from others.
I see myself as my own “leader and authority.”
I am self-sufficient; I do not need others – and sometimes I don’t need God.
I love to debate others and find myself in arguments because of this.
I consider myself ‘independent’— I’m not known as a ‘team player.”
I often refer to my own “Christian” activities, “religious background”, or “spiritual life” as a benchmark for others.
I talk about myself a lot to others.
I often feel as if God needs me to get the job done.
I don’t listen well to others because I am too eager to offer them my opinion on things.
I have been successful because of my hard work and drive.
I get defensive when someone doesn’t agree with me or criticizes me, even constructively.
When I meet someone new, I talk about myself and rarely learn much about them.
I tend to gravitate towards the ‘limelight’ ministries and rarely serve in the background.
I think my opinions are extremely valuable and try to ensure I am taken seriously.
I often feel a sort of disdain for the opinions of others, especially those less educated or less experienced than me.
I rarely see myself as a needy person.
Take time to pray in repentance, and where the lord is inventing you to walk in humility, gentleness, patience, and bearing one another in love.