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Ephesians 5:1-20

Jesus, be the Lord over ALL my life.

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“BE IMITATORS OF GOD …AND LIVE A LIFE OF LOVE” (Christ’s kind of love)

“but among you there must NOT BE EVEN A HINT OF…”

(a whole list of things that He says “are IMPROPER FOR GOD’S HOLY PEOPLE” (v 11)

“LIVE AS CHILDREN OF LIGHT… AND FIND OUT WHAT PLEASES THE LORD.” (v 8-10)

“HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” (v 11)

“BE VERY CAREFUL, THEN, HOW YOU LIVE–not as unwise but as wise,

“MAKING THE MOST OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY, because the days are evil.” (v 15-16)

In light of all this “DON’T BE FOOLISH, BUT UNDERSTAND WHAT THE LORD’S WILL IS… BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT.” (v 17-18)

Father, give me a holy unsatisfaction with the quality of my life.  Never let me remain comfy where I am in my walk with You.  Keep me from seeking merely to “feel good about myself” and turn my focus on pleasing You.  It all boils down to loving You above all else and choosing to be faithful in obeying You and trusting You.

From this passage, I form this prayer: I want to be like You, Daddy.  Help me to live a life of love–the kind of love You showed me in Jesus.  Clean me up and keep me clean, so that there’s not even a hint of gunk from the world in me.

Change my desires at their root, causing me to want what You want–not what I want, nor what people around me want, not what the media or others say I want or “need.”  Show me what pleases You and help me to make the most of every opportunity.  Keep making me just like Jesus.  Amen.

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