Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.
(Ephesians 5:3-7 (NIV))
We are called to be different!
We are called to be apart from the ways of the world!
What do you see and hear when you watch people who are living in the world and seeking their rewards from the world? You see and hear all types of profanity and immorality. You see all of the things that Paul warned us about in Ephesians 5:3-7. We are to be above the matters of the world. We should be abstain from things that are sexually immoral. We should abstain from any impurity.
Just what is considered immoral and impure?
Sexual immorality, greed, obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking are what God considers sin. Yes! Sin. That is exactly what these things are. When you stop to think about it, it makes perfect sense. God cannot associate with sin. Anyone who practices any of these does not have any inheritance in the kingdom of God. The only way that we can fall short of being in God’s presence is through sin!
Perhaps we should take a look at a more detailed list of sins.
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
(1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NIV))
Be careful what you follow. These words are clear as to the consequences of following these behaviors. Perhaps we should point these scripture passage out to those who claim that they are forgiven and still keep on living in their sin.
God did not send His Son, Jesus Christ to redeem us so that we could keep on sinning. He saved us from our sins so that we could leave them behind!
Have you forgotten to leave anything behind?