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. You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. Don’t participate in the things these people do. For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” Ephesians 5:3-9 NLT
What a strait forward clarion call!! These words cannot be swept under a mat as though they can be explained away. The message is absolutely clear. God expects us to behave in a holy manner. Sexual immorality means anything outside of God's original, created intent: One man and one woman in a marital, monogamous relationship. Waiting until marriage for sexual intercourse. Deviant behavior is NOT acceptable to God.
Greed is just as bad. We live in a country of greed. We get more, we want more. We are never satisfied. Children of God should clearly understand that we aren't home yet. Our citizenship is in heaven. Let's live in honor of our call. We are His ambassadors (representatives).
Have you ever heard a "church going" individual say filthy jokes or use foul language? Let it not be among us. God forbid!God is listening to our every word. If our hearts are right with God, then our mouth and actions will be too!!
Rev. Curtis Norris