Friday 22 September, 2017

Ephesians 5:3-14

3 There should not be even a hint of sexual sin among you. Don’t do anything impure. And do not always want more and more. These are not the things God’s holy people should do. 4 There must not be any bad language or foolish talk or dirty jokes. They are out of place. Instead, you should give thanks. 5 Here is what you can be sure of. Those who give themselves over to sexual sins are lost. So are people whose lives are impure. The same is true of those who always want more and more. People who do these things might as well worship statues of gods. No one who does them will receive a share in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Don’t let anyone fool you with worthless words. People who say things like that aren’t obeying God. He is angry with them. 7 So don’t go along with people like that. 8 At one time you were in the dark. But now you are in the light because of what the Lord has done. Live like children of the light. 9 The light produces what is completely good, right and true. 10 Find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the acts of darkness. They don’t produce anything good. Show what they are really like. 12 It is shameful even to talk about what people who don’t obey do in secret. 13 But everything the light shines on can be seen. And everything that the light shines on becomes a light. 14 That is why it is said, “Wake up, sleeper. Rise from the dead. Then Christ will shine on you.”

Sex is just one of those things that our Human Nature struggles with. Just talking about it makes me uncomfortable to some degree in almost any setting!

But the bible doesn’t shy away from it. God designed sex and intended for it to be good, and bring about good within the boundaries of a marital relationship.

But God also knows that we are fallen people, living in a fallen world. Even though the words here in Ephesians were written nearly 2000 years ago, they couldn’t be more accurate in their assessment of what society struggles with! Interestingly, the assessment of the cause of the problem in people here is that they are idolaters – that the root cause isn’t their behaviour itself, but they are behaving inappropriately because they are worshipping the wrong thing, and this in turn is causing them to be drawn away from God and towards things that are destructive for them.

Lord, help me to turn to You at all times and in all things, may I worship only You and from my worship, may I be more inclined towards the ways of Christ.

Written by Ps. Justin Ware

2 replies
  1. Andrew says:

    Justin
    Susinct and so true. Issues about sex, whether homosexuality, temptation for sex outside of marriage, and other examples are true to our human nature. They are not new, they are discussed here 2000 years ago. And again in the Old Testament 2000 years before that.
    Dear Lord, please help me to apply your old learning to today in a way that is culturally relevant and just as sharp as your word should be.

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