In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul gives valuable instructions on how Christians should treat others, following the model of Jesus Christ.
First, we are to speak the truth. As we have always heard, “honesty is the best policy.” This phrase is often accredited to Benjamin Franklin. However, the idea can be recognized from the ten commandments given by God to Moses for the children of Israel. “Thou shalt not bear false witness.” (Exodus 20:16) Wikipedia says this in relation to this quote, “Matthew Henry taught that the prohibition against false witness concerns our own and our neighbor’s good name. “Thou shalt not bear false witness” forbids: “1. Speaking falsely in any matter, lying, equivocating, and any way devising and designing to deceive our neighbor. 2. Speaking unjustly against our neighbor, to the prejudice of his reputation; and (which involves the guilty of both). 3. Bearing false witness against him, laying to his charge things that he knows not, either judicially, upon oath (by which the third commandment, and the sixth and eighth, as well as this, are broken), or extrajudicially, in common converse, slandering, backbiting, tale-bearing, aggravating what is done amiss and making it worse than it is, and any way endeavoring to raise our own reputation upon the ruin of our neighbor’s.”
Second, don’t let our anger cause us to sin against others. Our anger can give the devil a foothold that can change our attitudes, our desires, and our actions. “Let us not listen to those who think we ought to be angry with our enemies, and who believe this to be great and manly. Nothing is so praiseworthy, nothing so clearly shows a great and noble soul, as clemency and readiness to forgive.” Marcus Tullius Cicero (https://www.brainyquote.com)
Third, we mustn’t take things that belong to others, thereby hurting them in some way. “Thou shalt not steal,” is very clear on this subject. (Exodus 20:15) Pastor Don Wilton admonishes,