Killing The Hostility

Ephesians 2:1-19

November 3, 2020 • Jeff Lyle

The very essence of what it means to be saved can be summarized by saying, “God, through the sacrifice of Jesus, graciously and permanently removed the hostility between us and Him.” What an immeasurable gift it is to have all of our sins forgiven and to be welcomed into the life of God. Is it any wonder then that God expects us to live in that same way with all others? We are to refuse the presence of hostility in our hearts toward others. As our culture is promoting division, outrage, lovelessness and hostility, the followers of Christ are to live intentionally in such a way that we are killing hostility anywhere we are able. This message from Ephesians shows us why we must kill hostility in our hearts and how God empowers us to accomplish this. Our commitment to biblical, Gospel-centered kindness to others will magnify Jesus to a lost and hostile culture that expects the Christian to be no different than others. But for this to happen, we must learn to kill the hostility.

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