“If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.”
Ephesians 4:28-30 NLT
1. Don't steal. Work hard to earn an honest wage and use your resources to help those who are in need. God expects His children to be responsible and productive, not lazy and entitled.
2. We must use our words to help, not hurt. It is easier to be critical than it is to be helpful. There is a time and place for constructive criticism. However, many of us are destructive instead of constructive with our words. We all have said things at the wrong time in the wrong way. Let us pray that God would rein in our words and that He would be the conductor of our conversation.
3. We must constantly be aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit. If we are truly a child of God, the Holy Spirit resides within us (see I Corinthians 6:19-20). We must not ignore, quench, or grieve Him. He must be our conscience. Everything we do should be placed under His analysis and direction.
Are you living like you are in charge or are you living like the Holy Spirit is? Perhaps you need to resign from the management position and become a servant.
Rev. Curtis Norris