Rules For New Life

August 13, 2011
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Ephesians 4:27 – And do not make room for the devil. (NRSV)

I enjoy housework, a clean house, and orderly cupboards. Then I know where things are.

Long ago someone needed my help when moving into a smaller apartment. I bagged fifteen large garbage bags full of trash before even starting the real move. I suggested some new rules for the new home.

As I packed and cleaned, I silently compared trash with the things of the devil, things which have no place in a new life with Jesus. Such was my understanding of rules for new life in a new home and life with Jesus: an entire turnabout; repentance was in order.

My friend thanked me heartily. She was glad in her clean, new surroundings.

Prayer: God in Christ, giver of rules for new life, help us to undo the old rules in our life and learn useful, new rules in building up a life pleasing to You, in the name of the fragrant offering and sacrifice, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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