1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
Following this word from the Lord is like hiking on an old trail. It has become overgrown, it is rough with rugged stones, and large tree roots make the walk seemingly unsafe. It is a rough trail and I would rather go another route. I like to walk the path of God wants me happy. I like the contemporary path that allows me to send the relevancy of God’s Word back to the ‘old days’ but I can’t.
Sexual immorality is devaluing. It says that my body is the best that I have to offer. It says that desires are instincts that have to be fulfilled even if the cost is disease, brokenness and death. Our bodies were made to serve one another in love. Our bodies were not just made to satisfy.
I hear words spoken publicly that make me wince. Again, these words are used to devalue those who Christ gave his life for. Obscenity is not just filthy words but words that demean and devalue people whom Christ died for.
To walk in purity means that we value each other. Using one another to satisfy is greed unchecked. Never give yourself to a low bidder, one who wants the most but gives the least.
As you walk choose your path. “Walk in the way of love”
The Cityhope Schools program is Friday night, May 19th. As I teach we can hear all of the classes practice for the performance. I hear the little preschool sing this song, You are so Faithful’, and as I am in class I have to work hard to keep tears from flowing. It says why I have chosen a walk of faith. God is always faithful.