Prayer: Lord, we with me as I try to be kinder, tenderhearted, and forgiving. Amen.
Reading: Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: Ephesians 4:32 is an old camp song that I learned when I was a youngster. “Be ye kind, one unto another; tenderhearted, forgiving one another; even as God for Christ’s sake has forgiven you. Doo-doo-doodley-doo. Ephesians 4:32.” (If you know it, I hope you sang along!)
Wow! Another scripture this week that we are reminded that God gave up his son for us. It may seem overkill to be reminded of that each day, but maybe it’s a good idea. So often, the very foundations of our faith we take for granted. But should we?
I also like that this verse reminds us that we need to be kind to one another. And forgiving. This summer, we’ve been talking about how God forgives us and how we should forgive others. At one point in our discussions about this, someone told us that he knows someone who, when someone says “I’m sorry” to him, replies, “I forgive you.” When I think of that story I am reminded of the power of forgiveness and the power of the cross.
Who do you need to be kind to today? Who do you need to forgive? Go do it! Doo-doo-doodely-doo. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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