The letter to the Ephesians presents a call for Christians to be honest and accountable to each other, so that we may grow in community. There is no place for deceitfulness, for it serves only to impair our relationships and so destroy that community. We are called to live an authentic life.
This reflection comes from our resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019 which are now available to order or download, originating from the churches of Indonesia. The Indonesian churches speak out of a context of ethnic and religious diversity, and where there is a strong emphasis upon the need for a unity that is found in diversity, and one built on solidarity and collaboration.
‘Let me declare boldly, sure-footedly that my yes is a “yes-yes”, and my no is “no”.’ Click To Tweet
You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Rules for the New Life
So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbours, for we are members of one another.
Ephesians 4:22-25 (NRSV)
God of justice,
grant me the wisdom to see right from wrong.
Let my heart be guided by honesty and my lips speak truth.
In times of doubt, cloak me in courage the colour of trust.
Birth in me the passion for unity and peace
so that I may be a good news bearer for all.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
If I am to speak truth to power,
whose truth do I speak?
Whose justice do I seek
in the space between my right-ness
and that of the ‘other’?
If I say ‘yes’ to justice, does that make it all mine?
What of the grey between the emphatics?
‘Let me declare boldly,
that my yes
is a “yes-yes”, and my
no is “no”.’ Says Jesus.
‘Let me draw clarity
in the sand that
defines and refines
knowledge, truth and tales
in such a way
that all are sure.
‘Let me dwell deep
in the place within
where, regardless of the outward form
you know beyond doubt’s shadow,
that truth and justice,
peace and righteousness lie.
‘And let me,
in my boldness
the hypocrisy of
those who confuse integrity with fake-ness,
who obscure truth with falsehood
and call it news.
‘Let me boldly be good news.’
This reflection is based on the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019