Hello Loves! So glad you dropped in. Today I am sharing how my Bible Journaling Ephesians 5:18 page turned out, and a little bit about the verse.
Ephesians 5:18 says – And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit. SO in my year and some months of digging deeper into the Bible, this is the first time I’ve seen a verse talking about drunkenness. I thought that was interesting and more than likely there will be more verses that talk about it.
Bible Journaling Ephesians 5:18
I had a vision of this page, but it just didn’t turn out the way I wanted it too. This is only the second page I’ve done in my Illustrated Faith Journaling Bible, but this was the first one I used watercolors.
I wasn’t expecting the page to warp as much as it did, which kind of threw me off balance. You know that feeling you get when you feel like you’ve completely messed up as page. Well, that’s how I was feeling after I noticed the warping. Anyways, I know it’s not how pretty or not so pretty a page turns out that’s important. It’s the time you spend with God, in His Word that’s important.
So for this page, I used some pink and orange watercolor paint, a few stickers I printed out, and a white jelly roll pen for the little white crosses. I haven’t dated it yet and actually didn’t notice that I hadn’t until writing this post. See I was totally thrown off my game by such a little thing. This is definitely something that God and I are working on. Hey, I am a work in progress, and God’s not done yet.
Ephesians 5:18 – Let’s talk about the verse
Ephesians 5:18 – And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit. (CSB)
This is written by Paul and it’s not stated whether drunkenness was a problem at Ephesus or not. But we can clearly see that Paul feels the need to warn them of it. When he mentioned “leads to a reckless living” it refers to living an unproductive life, a life where opportunities are missed because one might be drunk.
He references wine/drunkenness as a reminder that anything that has the power to control, harm, or hurt a Christian needs to be handled with care/cautious.
He also gives them/us an alternative to the drunkenness of wine. Instead, we should fill ourselves with the Spirit. Just like wine can control us, focusing on the Spirit can also cause a person to be filled or controlled by the Spirit. Not out of control, but a sharing of psalms, singing, being thankful, and submitting to one another. Being controlled/filled with the Spirit is living in a manner worthy of God’s calling.
Bible Journaling Ephesians 5:18-21 Final Thoughts
This is a great little reminder about allowing certain things to control our behaviors and emotions. I probably should have followed this little lesson myself while I was journaling this page.
Although it wasn’t alcohol/wine controlling my emotions and behavior. I was allowing a little hiccup to mess with the time I spent with God. I should have been allowing that time with God to fill me with the Spirit instead of draining me of it.
So besides the obvious lesson of not allowing drunkenness to control your life, we also should allow little things to take over or way from happiness, etc.
What did you learn from this verse, and what was God speaking to you? I hope you’ll join in and walk through this Thankfulness scripture plan with me. If you decide you want to make sure you use #thankfulness when you share your pages, study notes, etc.
I am thankful that God has led you here today.
If you were inspired by this article please share it with your friends and family. I’d also like to invite you to follow me on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook.
Have a blessed day!