EPHESIANS‬ ‭5:1-14‬‬‬

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. 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. Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said, “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.””

Ephesians‬ ‭5:1-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Paul, while talking of love, immediately turns to the conversation of sexual immorality. This is not because love is sexless, but because in sexual immorality is a lack of love. This is a confusing dynamic for finite human beings, because sex and love are so often entangled. Therefore the call is determine what God believes is best and apply it to our sexual ethic. We must conform our sexual practices to his loving standard. This is why sex outside marriage is unloving. Because, it doesn’t mind allowing another to stand in judgement for misusing the triune nature of God that is demonstrated in sex. It encourages judgement and dissonance in exchange for momentary pleasure. James speaks of this in regard to the tongue. Blessings and curses should not flow from the safe mouth. Therefore speech should be guarded from implying sexual immorality as a sexual norm amongst God’s people. As sex is at the base of society, it is a blessing that the Bible so openly rebukes it’s misuse. Our responsibility is not to be prudish or fearful of it. Our responsibility is to cultivate it, like all of God’s graces, into a resource that will nourish and provide proper biblical blessings for all. We must intend for the proper use of sex in our relationships and our speech and thoughts and it will be a gift amongst God’s people. But the misuse of it will, and has, lead to certain destruction and judgement. We must choose wisely and pray for wisdom.

Published by Josh McGary

MY NAME IS JOSH MCGARY. First, I am a Pastor of a small church in Portland, Oregon named Aletheia Bible Fellowship. We call it ABF. I have been a pastor there for the better part of 20 years. I am very eclectic. What I love, I love loudly and immersively. I have notable collections of toys, funko pops, and vinyl. I also infamously love pop culture, comic books, technology, the arts, psychology and philosophy. https://sleek.bio/joshmcgary

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