The Likeness of God

Today’s Readings for the Daily Office

Psalm 68 (Morning)
Psalm 72 (Evening)
1 Kings 19:9-18
Eph. 4:17-32
John 6:15-27

The Likeness of God

Ephesians 4:17-32 instructs us to “no longer live as the Gentiles live,” and to live according “to the likeness of God.” In a modern sense, I view Gentiles as representing not those who are unsaved, but those that we view as different from ourselves; with the “likeness of God” translating to living a righteous life to the best of our ability. I am just as guilty as the next person of allowing people I perceive as “Gentiles” to enrage me through their incorrigible flaws.

Things such as scything political Facebook posts and consistent animosity from an acquaintance are nearly unavoidable in our daily lives. This passage reminds us to “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up” to better improve not only ourselves, but the communities around us. But before we can begin to spread the horizons God’s love, it is imperative that we “put away from you all bitterness” to embody the love we wish to share.

Written by Reed Ostner

Reed is a senior in high school here in Fayetteville and will be attending the U of A this upcoming fall.

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