“For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them; ” Ephesians 5:5-7
“Who will it hurt? No one will know. It’s not that big of a deal. Everyone is doing this.”
What excuses do you have for repeated sin patterns?
Who does it hurt if you continue down a consistent path of disobedience and impurity? You may be hurting others, but actually, the most damage will be to yourself.
- “But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. ” Ephesians 5:3-4
As Christians, it should be obvious to others whom we belong to. Let’s take a look at your earthly family. You have similarities in appearances, behaviors, attitudes, preferences, and much more. It is usually obvious to others around that you are a part of a certain family. If God is your heavenly Father, then like your earthly family, you should also have similar traits that His family members have. You should look a part of the family and act a part of the family. Can others tell you are a part of God’s family? Is it increasingly obvious to others or are you a slave to earthly sins and temptations, blending you in with all of those around you?
In Ephesians we learn some traits that we are not to display if we are a part of God’s family… We should been laying aside all impurity like greed, swearing, dirty jokes, sexual innuendos, putting others ahead of God (idolatry), other sexual sins, to name a few.
So, what is the price of unrepentant, consistent, “I’m going to do it my way” impurity?
- “For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” Ephesians 5:5
The price is a high price… the price is an eternal life separated from God.
Have you slipped into sins? You bet you have, but the key is that you recognize them, come to God broken-hearted and sorry, ask for forgiveness and help, and try to stay away from the temptation again.
If you truly are a part of God’s family, God asks you to prove it by your actions.
Father God, Please forgive us for the times when we’ve wanted to do it our way, heading us into a broken, sinful path. Lord, restore us to yourself and help us to stay far from the temptation of sin. Thank you, Father, for your amazing ability to forgive us in spite of ourselves. Your love is so great that we’ll never fully understand until we meet you one day. You are our perfect, Father. And, Father, for those caught in a death-trap of sin, bring conviction on their hearts leading them to repentance and restoration in your family. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.