This morning I read though Ephesians 5 several times, and verse 10 really spoke to me.
The following are a number of different translations of Eph 5:10 that I cut and pasted from the Compare tab from my e-Sword Bible program.
And try to learn [in your experience] what is pleasing to the Lord [let your lives be constant proofs of what is most acceptable to Him]. — (AMP)
proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord; — (ASV)
Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. — (KJV)
trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. — (NASB)
and find out what pleases the Lord. — (NIV)
finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. — (NKJV)
Try to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. — (NRSV)
and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. — (RSV)
proving what is well-pleasing to the Lord, — (YLT)
To me, this is a very important principle; the concept that we as Christians need to be always trying to find ways to please our God.
A beautiful example of how we are to be, as the bride of Christ, toward our husband Jesus is of a newly married couple who are completely in love with each other. They don’t want to be apart, they long to please each other in all things, and it seems like there is nothing that they are not willing to do for each other.
This love, which Christ gives us at conversion, we must not lose or allow to grow cold.
The Ephesus congregation had “left thy first love” (Rev 2:4). They were instructed to “Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works;” (Rev 2:5).
We are told that “because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Mat 24:12). We are living in a very wicked world, and it is possible to wax cold and indifferent to the sin that surrounds us.
I challenge you the reader to examine your Christian experience, to remember the deep-seated joy of when you were first converted, and be honest before Lord — have you grown cold toward God in your Christian experience?
Have you lost your joy, have you left that first overwhelming love for Jesus? If you have, just bow right now and ask God to renew it in your soul. Will you commit to make steps to regain anything you have lost?
I want to testify to you that my love is burning hot for Jesus. This morning I feel like I love him more that I have ever loved him before.
Today I hold the New Testament Bible as the most amazing, life-changing, empowering book in the world. I have kissed every page of it not only with my physical lips but with heart also. I can’t express the change that this book, revealed and applied by the Spirit of God, has made in my life. Thank you, Jesus, for the Bible!
Let us seek God in prayer and search the scriptures to “find out what pleases the Lord”!