A Study In Contrasts (Ephesians 5:1-7)Darrell Hershberger, February 7, 2016
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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We have been given a lot, an incredible world. This is God's kingdom with so much beauty, good interaction, and meaningful work. But Satan and the Fall has distorted all that. Truth becomes twisted and it becomes hard to see the truth.
"Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children:" There is security growing up as one of God's children. There is the assurance that God is in control and like a dad, is able to take care of us. There is so much love in this family and we are able to share it with others. Darrell mentioned instances with the recent funeral and other times where love has being practiced. This is evidence of genuine Holy Spirit work.
The beauty in God's truth isn't as readily recognized as in other aspects of God's creation. God's design isn't limiting. It is just the way the world was made to work. Constant exposure to worldliness can make it hard to think Biblically. We need to keep God's picture in front of us and believe it. We need to be immersed in what is good, beautiful, true, and pure. We need consistent, transparent relationships. Parents need to be clear about sexuality with their children.
Contentment and gratitude are the opposite of covetousness. When we are giving thanks we are content with the way God made the world and we are thankful for what we've been given. We bless those around us. We are not wanting or looking for things that are wrong for us.
1Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. 3But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7Be not ye therefore partakers with them. (KJV)