Not Even A Hint
June 09, 2020: SOAP #3841: Ecclesiastes 10-12; Psalm 94; Ephesians 5
Scripture: Ephesians (NIV) 5:3 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. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.
Observation: Paul is writing to believers. We live in the world, so we are aware of the world's standards. But we believers are of another kingdom. Sexual immorality, any kind of impurity, greed, obscenity, foolish talk, and course joking have no place in the kingdom of our Holy God. They should be eliminated from our lives. There should not even be a hint of the above.
Filling my mouth with thanksgiving will help the speaking issues.
Application: A major part of my evangelism is my lifestyle. People see my actions and judge me according to what they think they see. It is my responsibility to make sure my actions and my words do not reflect negatively on my relationship with God. I should be careful not to give the enemy any opportunity to accuse me before God and men. I must be careful to remember this as I act and to talk. It is true that God sees my heart, but men hear my words and see my actions!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, you are holy and have called your people to be holy. Help me to live in such a way that there is not even a hint/suggestion of anything unholy. Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!