Ephesians Four: Growing Pains

Posted: January 1, 2012 in Ephesians

Not all Christian growth comes with warm, tingly, feel-good experiences, such as those that grip me when I hear Paul Washer expounding upon the Gospel, or Piper talking about God while using dozens of Jesus-exalting, glorious, wonderful, beautiful adjectives (lol), or the somewhat sassy, in your face delivery of Matt Chandler. Nor does it always inspire me to conquer the world (through God’s help, of course) as occurs when listening to Francis Chan, or David Platt. It doesn’t always leave me thinking, “Ok, this is helpful. Sweet!” as is often the case after Sunday morning worship.

Sometimes it hurts.

Sometimes Christian growth isn’t fun, and it isn’t fun because there are times when the reality of who we are versus who we’re supposed to be just plain sucks.

It’s been like that for me the past couple weeks, because I’ve been confronted with my complete lack of grace among the very people I’m supposed to be ministering to. I’ve learned firsthand that there is definitely a wrong way to be right- not that I’m always right, for that matter.

Paul tells us in this chapter something that I’m determined to work on this year, which is this:

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

Let’s grow in grace together this year, huh?


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