Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Ephesians, “Free from Bondage God’s Way” by Kay Arthur. We just completed Week Five, “Forgiven—And Able to Forgive!” Oh what lessons we have learned from God’s Word on how to walk in a manner worthy of the calling. So how are you doing on walking the walk you talk? If we say one thing but our actions show the opposite, what does this say about our walk and witness for Jesus Christ?
“Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called.” Ephesians 4:1
Do you struggle with forgiveness? Has your heart been so broken by someone that anger, bitterness, and un-forgiveness has taken deep root in your heart? Paul has given us great advice on how to walk in a manner worthy of the calling. But what is that calling? There is only “One” and we are one with Him.
One body (4:4)
One Spirit (4:4)
One hope of your calling (4:4)
One Lord (4:5)
One faith (4:5)
One baptism (4:5)
One God and father of all (4:6)
As you can see, He is “in all” and “living through all” which shows His active presence in the world and in the lives of believers.
Therefore, we are to walk in…
Tolerance for one another in love (4:2)
You may be thinking, but I cannot walk in this manner with bitterness and un-forgiveness brewing in my heart, and you are right. We cannot truly walk the walk in our own human flesh. We need the power of the Holy Spirit. And just as God has forgiven us, so we should also forgive each other:
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32
These are Precepts for life, my friend. Meditate on them day and night, praying to the Father to help you forgive those who have wronged you, or perhaps you need to go to that person and ask for forgiveness. Whatever our situations may be, we are not alone in our walk. We are “one” with the Father, and He is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us (Ephesians 3:20).
And oh, the freedom and peace that comes from forgiving and being forgiven!
Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week…
“If you are a child of God, you can forgive because you have the Holy Spirit and His power. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God.
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
- Complete your study of Week Six, “How Can I Walk in Love?”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Do an online word study on “Walk” (Ephesians 4:1) at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Store in your heart Ephesians 4:1-3; Ephesians 4:32; Ephesians 4:1, 32 (Week Five, Day Seven)
- Register for the Book of Job inductive Bible study when you CLICK HERE
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- According to Ephesians 4:32, how are you to forgive others? Are there any conditions to this forgiveness?
- What is the difference between offending another person and offending the Lord Jesus Christ? Would your offense toward man or toward God seem greater? Why?
- Are there transgressions or sins that you don’t have to forgive others for because of how bad, cruel, or unloving they have been to you?
- If you refuse to forgive others, what happens to you? (See Matthew 6:12-15 and Matthew 18:21-35)
- According to what you have learned about your position in Christ, do you have the power, the ability, to forgive? Where is that power? How is it yours? If you have it and don’t use it, then are you walking as God called you to walk?