Ephesians 5 - Copy God & Paste

Saudi Arabia’s health minister, according to an online report, blamed the recent stampede in Mina that killed more than 700 people at the Hajj pilgrimage on pilgrims’ failure to follow instructions from authorities.

However an eye witness complained that most of the security personnel only spoke and conversed in Arabic. “How can foreign pilgrims,” retorted the eye witness, “who make up the majority of those on the Hajj, be blamed to have disobeyed instructions they never quite understood.”

God has sent his word to be understood and obeyed. The first verse is the aim. Objective. Goal. Of life. NLT puts it this way:

“Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.”

Verse 2 shows how:

“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.”

This is called the Love Walk or the Great Commandment.

Asked to summarise the commandments, Jesus replies,

Firstly, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Secondly, love your neighbour as yourself.”

The remaining verses are illustrations.

Positively put:

Walk in the light

Walk in wisdom

Make the best use of time [‘Don’t I need grace to overcome this African Time syndrome?]

Submit one to another

In other words:

Avoid unfruitful works of darkness such as sexual immorality, impurity, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talk, crude joking.

What does walking in darkness say of my love for God, myself, others?

Let me explain

Sin (eg covetousness, sexual immorality, filthiness)

- violates God’s word [Obedience is the proof of my love for God]

- violates my sainthood. [The Bible addresses me as a saint - holy one. The new me, created after the likeness of God, is truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24)]

- my neigbour [created in the image of God]

I am called to copy God and paste!

Monday, January 25th, 2016 @ 10:10 by Pastor Wale Adefuye


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