TEXT: Eph. 5: 8 – 12

Before becoming children of light we were once in darkness – 1 Cor. 6: 9 – 11

Aim of the lesson

For us Christians to examine  ourselves to see whether we are still in the light – 2 Cor. 13: 5; Matt. 6: 23

Among all the works of darkness, let us examine ourselves with these two as recorded in Col. 3: 8; 1 Pet. 2: 1:

  1. MALICE: Malice comes from an evil heart. Any person who is malicious may have intention or desire to hurt anybody at a slightest opportunity. E,g Joseph brethren 37: 18 – 28. That is why Christians are called to get rid of malice in their lives. Eph. 4: 31 – 32
  2. HATRED: 1 John 2: 9 – 11; 3: 15

Hatred sometimes result in murdering someone

Example:

  • Cain murdered Abel – 4: 8
  • Haman and Mordecai – Esther 8: 1 – 2
  • Sometimes results at sitting on someone’s file to stop one’s promotion

If anyone among us here still has malice against a fellow person, let me ask, how long will you continue with such life?

  • Make peace with anyone you had malice with – Lk 6: 37
  • Do away with hatred so that God can use you as a vessel unto good works – 2 Tim. 2: 21
  • To work in the light, we must practice the teachings of Jesus Christ in 6: 27 – 37; Matt. 5: 43 – 48

May our Good Lord help us to take the yoke of malice and hatred away from our lives in Jesus Name – Amen

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SERMON PRESENTED BY BRO. G. E. UMANAH (ELDER) ON 9TH DEC. 2018

 

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