Daily Readings & Thought for April 6th. “HAVING LOST ALL SENSITIVITY”
Today’s readings.. (Numbers 22,23), (Proverbs 16), (Ephesians 3,4)
Are you sensitive? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? It seems to us that many people have largely lost whatever ability they had to be sensitive to the feelings of other people. It is a great blessing that many will give to help victims of some tragedy, such as in the floods and fires in this country, but is that as far as it goes?
Nearly everyone is living for themselves. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians, as in his other letters, stresses the need for the committed follower of Christ to be sensitive to the feelings and needs of fellow believers. As we completed reading Galatians we should have noticed v.10 in the last chapter, “as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially those who are of the household of faith.”
Today in Ephesians we read, “Put away falsehood, let each of you speak the truth to his neighbours for we are members one of another” [4 v.25] Challenging isn’t it to be described as “members one of another”! It is because committed believers have become, in God’s all-seeing eyes, one spiritual family unit!
We came across this word sensitivity when reading the NIV which translates Paul as writing that they “must no longer live as the Gentiles (non-Christians) do, in the futility of their thinking … having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with continual lust for more” [v.17,19]
The ESV (which we normally use) translates “they have become callous” – and that is what the world today has become as it has become less and less Christian.
The true believer is the very opposite! “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth”, writes Paul, “but only such as is good … that it may give grace to those who hear” [v.29]
This fits in with today’s Proverbs reading, “The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious … gracious words are like honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” [Ch. 16 v.23,24]. This is the best possible advice for us in this insensitive world.