A note from our pastor:

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:16

Good Morning Dearly Beloved,

In our study verse this week the Apostle continues the thought he began in verse 15. Previously, we are instructed to live each day in a diligent matter testing our walk against the truth of Jesus Christ. Now in our study verse the Apostle continues with a reminder to redeem the time.

In this context, the phrase to redeem the time simply means to not miss an opportunity. As James writes in the 4th chapter, our lives though they come with joy, grief, excitement, stress, and every emotion in-between are ultimately but a vapor. In the history of time, any one life only lasts for a brief moment.

As such, it is vital that we seize every opportunity to live in accordance with the teachings of scripture. Every chance to show love, every chance to forgive, every chance to grant mercy must be seized for our opportunities to make such a difference are in the end limited.

The second half of this verse points to a continual truth. The days are evil. Many today will talk about just how wicked the world is, but the Apostle was writing the same thing to the saints at Corinth many hundreds of years ago. This is not to diminish the evil of today or the evil of that day. Rather, it should remind the disciple – no matter the time, place, or person the world outside of serving Christ is often not in alignment with living with love and forgiveness.

It is the responsibility of the community of believers to seize each opportunity to demonstrate the way Christ would have disciples to live. To draw a contrast between living in a Godly way and living in the evil ways of the world.

Our Prayers are with you daily,

Brother Jeremiah

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