1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
One of the most valuable lessons I learned at Pure Life Ministries is summed up in verse 1. “As dear children”. I thought I really knew scripture inside and out and yet I was steeped in sin, especially the sin of pride. They counseled me to start looking at scripture differently. I had read through the bible at least a dozen times, and studied all through out Old and New Testament. But they said to try and imagine I was reading each verse for the very first time, as a child who never had heard those words before. It was very difficult,, but I put my whole being into it. And the words took on new meaning – they jumped off the page at me and shouted “This is the way”. A new learning curve had begun. I could now walk in love, because I saw it so much more clearly. I saw His love for me with a new understanding. The sacrifice He gave took on greater meaning to me.
I encourage you to do the same. Try to put aside any learning you may have had in bible knowledge and read the word with fresh eyes, as if you’d never sen it before. Take it in as a child takes in new truths, with amazement and awe. Put aside any pre-conceived ideas of what it says, and just read the words and ask God to revel it’s truth to you. I think you will be in for a thrilling time!
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
There are certain things that Paul says should never be found in the church. Fornication, which is sex outside of marriage basically. This is on the rise in our society today, and should be a point of concern for all of us. It’s not all that unusual for couples to have e=sex on the first date, and for them to have multiple partners. It’s a scary scene to me, and totally against God’s law.
Uncleanness can deal with any part of our lives, but want to concentrate on words. I am amazed at the way our language is used today. It is atrocious in many cases. There is no doubt our TV and Movie habits have been dumbed down when it comes to using proper language.. Words to songs can’t even be mentioned for so many “artists”. The words are unclean, and it is permeating our society. Make sure your words are in line with Phil. 4:8!
Covetousness – having a desire to own what is someone else’s, has also hit epic proportions. Adultery is rampant and that is nothing but covetousness. We hear of people breaking into homes, companies being unethical to gain an edge, even church secretaries who steal embezzle the church. It’s a shoot out sometimes. Filthiness, foolishness and jesting are next on his list. Crude jokes, making fun of people, just not being serious when we should be. So many things fit this description.
What should rule our lives? The giving of thanks – that’s what. Under all circumstances,, thanksgiving should rise to the top. Thanksgiving should be our daily habit. Thanksgiving should be what leaves our lips and goes into the atmosphere. Thanks should be the cry of our heart. Thank you Lord should be our song.
5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
He tells the Ephesian church that they know these people that are not thankful., but participate in all those other things, will not enter the Kingdom of Christ. There may be some who will try and deceive them and make them believe that God will accept all into His kingdom, so Paul tells them not to be deceived by that. There are those today who tell us grace covers it all, and you can live whatever type of life you want. God loves you and you will go to heaven. Well grace does cover it all, but Christ tells us to go and sin no more once we accept His forgiveness. And we must do that to the best of our ability. we are not to partake in those activities, but do all we can to live holy and righteously before God. That is our calling!