and i must say it wasnt too bad
thanks to all you guys who encouraged me and checked up on me yesterday and today
truly felt the love from the team
my apologies for not doing my devos yesterday
but here it is
so as i said before this is the second part of ephesians 4
this section was titled "living as children of light" and just like the title suggests, paul tells us how we should live our life.
he says that we should not follow those who live life following the sinful ways of the world and indulging in impurity and wanting more each time. but we should put off our old lives corrupt with sin and lustful desires and put on a new self, made to like God in true righteousness and holiness. here paul tells us a really important point that we should not just simply change our lives, but we should "be made new with the attitude of our minds." Not only must we change the ways we live and speak and do, but we must change the way we think and feel, striving to live a Godly life of righteousness and holiness.
then paul continues by teaching us the specific ways we should act. first he says that we be truthful to those around us, since we are members of one body. we must not hold grudges. we must not steal, but work, doing something useful with our own hands so that we may share what we have with those in need. we should only speak words that encourage others and beneficial to the listener. we must also rid ourselves of every malice. lastly we must be kind and compassionate to each other and forgive one another just as God forgave us. of course all these things are important and are things that we should live by. but a few things struck me as relevant to our team. the first one was about encouragement. it is without a doubt that there will be disagreements and perhaps even bitterness amongst the members of our team. and paul tells us to forget whatever bitterness we have in our hearts-but this is very hard. in situations like these, it is also very easy to let our mouths run and say hurtful things. however we must remember to speak only things that build each other up. encouragement is key in a team for keeping a positive at atmosphere and support for one another. just like you guys did for me these past few days, lets do that for each other- you know, show each other some love. and of course i will do that for you because i want to, and i get to. also we should forgive each other when conflicts arise and treat everyone with kindness and compassion. when putting these things into action, we must remember that God forgave us and showed kindness and compassion- even though we did not deserve it at all. if we do these things for each other, it will be natural when we do the same for the natives. and the natives, seeing the love we have for every member, will learn by our examples and do the same in their lives.
is everyone done now?
finally we can enjoy summer
it was so hot in london today. i went into a random building and sat and rested.
i was sweating a lot.
but anyways, once again
thank you guys for checking how i was doing yesterday and asking how my exam went today.
im so blessed to have you guys... such a great team hehe
im excited to go back to toronto tomorrow!! for the rest of the summer!!