New American Standard Version
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
3 But do not let immorality or any impurity or greed even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4 and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
Because we live with a constant awareness of Christ’s future return, we must live lives that imitate our Heavenly Father because, after all, we are His children and we are dear to His heart. We must follow the example of our Lord Jesus, who was the very embodiment of love itself. His love was proven in how he gave Himself as a sacrificial offering for our sin.
Among the family of believers, there must not be anything that even suggests inappropriate sexual behavior, immorality, or indecency. Nor can there be an unhealthy obsession with material things on the part of God’s people. These kinds of fixations in life are rooted in our sinful natures, the old life that we are leaving behind.
In the same way, there should never be any speech to come from the lips of a child of God that is suggestive, profane, or obscene – not even humor that has that kind of element in it. You can be sure that our God would not laugh at such things because it would grieve Him to hear His redeemed children talk that way. Instead, our speech should reflect the grateful and thankful hearts of people who never forget who they used to be and who they now have become by the grace of God.
“How does this help me become more like Him?”
Some time ago, I was in a local fast food restaurant and a woman who had visited our church years ago walked in with her young adult daughter. Her daughter, who was in her late teens or early twenties, was obviously in the latter weeks of a pregnancy. As the young mother to be turned and walked away from me, I saw that her tee shirt had a profanity on it that begins with the letter “f”! OK, so you can figure out what the word was.
My point is that our culture has become so desensitized to that which is vulgar, profane, and sensual. They have come to think of it as common and normal. The people of God must be vigilant not to fall into the vices of the culture. We should not be prudes who are afraid of the sexual dimension of our humanity. God made us that way. We have only to read the Song of Solomon to confirm that. But our attitudes and words must always reflect the truth about sex – that it is a beautiful gift of God given only to be expressed within the context of marriage. We must reject all that is profane and immoral in the light of Scripture.
Those who do not know the Savior are being seduced by the morals of the culture – an obsession with material things and sensuality. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to guard us and protect us from falling into the traps that the culture constantly lays in front of us. Let’s be diligent in pursuing a Biblical worldview and lifestyle. It won’t be easy because it runs counter to what the culture will consider normal. Let’s remember, however, that this world is not our homeland. We are citizens of another land and on a journey that will lead us home.
“How should I pray for Him to change my life?”
Pray that the Lord would give you discernment that will enable you to recognize and reject the morals of the culture that run contrary to Scripture. Ask Him for strength to overcome temptation and wisdom to know how to employ the power of the Holy Spirit as you face life in a fallen world.