Bible Study: Ephesians 5: Live Like This Conclusion

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A couple of weeks ago, I blogged on Ephesians 4: Live Like This. The subject was so lengthy, I broke it into two blogs. Last week’s blog, Spiritual Gifts, was an in-depth coverage of some bullet points from the previous week. Not to confuse you, but I now will conclude with how to live like a believer covering the first half of Ephesians 5. In this blog, I will cover more bullet points.

  • Walk in Love – Ephesians 5:1-7
  • Walk in Light – Ephesians 5:8-14
  • Walk in Wisdom – Ephesians 5:15-21

Walk in Love

What does it mean to be imitators of God?

We must look like Jesus. This is the thread that must be deeply woven into our minds. Every word, deed and thought should imitate Christ.

In order to succeed in this, we must avoid things that aren’t fitting for saints. This will take discipline. Having a local Fellowship will make this much easier.

I won’t be popular for saying this, but on the list of no-go’s is fornication, along with all uncleanliness and covetousness. This is speaking about our sexual conduct. We can apply our humility and self-control here that were bullet points from a couple of weeks ago.

Don’t desire other men or women if you are married, and don’t behave lewdly in word or deed. The instruction here is to keep your mind and your mouth pure. Undefiled. Avoid making sexual innuendos and telling perverted jokes, or any type of perversion. Don’t fornicate. In its purest translation, that means to avoid sleeping with prostitutes, but today it would also include having any sexual activity outside of marriage. This is the one people struggle with most.How to Live as a Believer

If we profess to be believers, our lives should look different. We might stumble or fall, but a pattern of fornication, or any other sinful pattern in our daily lives, would be an indicator we are not connected to Jesus and the seed hasn’t sprouted yet.

Walk in Light

This command seems straightforward, as this passage immediately follows that of fornication and sexual impurity. We are to expose and confess wickedness, with the intent to defeat it in our lives, but also in the lives of others. Some things people do are so depraved, Paul says not to even speak of them. I want to point out something else. 

Believing in empty lies and participating in lewd talk and wicked behavior is likened here to a partnership! Partnerships connect us, or tie us to something. When we walk in disobedience, we partner not with God, but with Satan. This is a losing deal producing pain, heartache and emptiness.

Walk in Wisdom

How do we walk in wisdom?

We must understand the will of the Lord for each one of us. Do the above. Submit our lives to Christ. He is the best Master to serve. We will have humility and self-control. This self-control will link to the words that proceed from our mouth and from our behaviour. Lewdness and sexual sin will begin to drop away. We will bear with one another, build one another. Have a giving love, not a taking love.

Don’t make choices that will lead to to disobedience. Instead, fill your life with godly things and serve the Holy Spirit. He should be our only guiding influence in life.

Disclaimer: Verse 20 is not telling us to thank God for our heartaches and trials. It is telling us to give thanks for the Holy Spirit who will guide us in all things with the result of speaking fruitful things into each others lives, to sing and make melody in our hearts, knowing that the Lord is steering our ship and is in control. I hope this have given you guidance. I may have oversimplified it, but there is really a lot to put into practice. Review all the bullet points from Ephesians 4 and 5, and see what I mean. If you are overwhelmed, the Lord to guide you in these! What a great place to start!

  • Walk in Unity- Eph 4:1-6
  • Use Spiritual Gifts- Eph 4:7-16
  • Act Like a New Man- Eph 4:17-24
  • Don’t Grieve the Holy Spirit- Eph 4:25
  • Walk in Love – Ephesians 5:1-7
  • Walk in Light – Ephesians 5:8-14
  • Walk in Wisdom – Ephesians 5:15-21

Written by Jori Sams

 

 

Mosaic Law

 

Inspirational Blog

Jori Sams is a Christian author and freelance writer with nearly 2000 published pieces on the Internet, with over 1500 being published by Yahoo. Her books are published through Writeious Books. When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her following the sun… 

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