Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. (Ephesians 5:3 – 4 NLT)
Obscene stories and coarse jokes are so common that we begin to take them for granted. Paul cautions, however, that improper language should have no place in the Christian’s conversation because it does not reflect God’s gracious presence in us. How can we praise God and remind others of his goodness when we are speaking coarsely?
Paul does not forbid all contact with unbelievers. Jesus taught his followers to befriend sinners and lead them to him (Luke 5:30-32). Instead, Paul writes against the lifestyle of people who make excuses for bad behavior and recommend its practice to others—whether they are in the church or outside of it. Such people quickly pollute the church and endanger its unity and purpose. We must befriend unbelievers if we are to lead them to Christ, but we must be wary of those who are viciously evil, immoral, or opposed to all that Christianity stands for. Such people are more likely to influence us for evil than we are to influence them for good. (Tyndale Study Bible)
I always think that when I comment people might think I have the impression that I am perfect. You see, I am far from it but I do strive to be perfect and Godly.
Just today I was tempted to tell a coarse joke. I did bite my lip. But I have been weak in the past.
Have you not caught yourself saying “that idiot”? Have you had visions of being with someone sexually while you are married? You see, whether you actually commit the sin or just think it, it’s the same – still sin. There no sin greater than the next. Sin is sin, whether committed or just a sinful thought.
Greed is as bad as sexual immorality. We as believers walk such a fine line, because we should spend time with unbelievers. We are to influence them in the correct way. Not influenced by them in the worldly way.
I am going to ask you when last you stole. When have you downloaded a song without paying for it? When have you stolen time at work, Facebooking? When were you late and thought nothing of it?
Would Jesus have done these things?
“Lord, I thank you for Your strength. Please be with me in my daily walk. So I can continue to shine for you. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”