“All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, and reviling
must be removed from you, along with all malice.
And be kind to one another, compassionate,
forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.”
In Paul’s letters, he often admonishes those to whom he is writing about specific behaviors that should be changed. The Letter to the Ephesians includes several such passages. Paul usually hears word of how his communities are behaving and addresses those behaviors with gospel values, making practical corrections to how they have been acting. The lines above are such an address. Like the above, however, Paul often goes beyond the simple behaviors, themselves, to focus on the condition of the heart, giving Jesus’s antidote for misguided interior dispositions.