1. New Living Translation
    Verse 5:3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.

    1. 1 Thessalonians 4:3 New Living Translation
      God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin.
    2. Colossians 3:5 New Living Translation
      So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.
      Romans 1:18 New Living Translation
      But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.
    3. Galatians 5:19-21 New Living Translation
      When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division,
      envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

      Romans 13:13-14 New Living Translation
      Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
      1 Corinthians 6:9 New Living Translation
      Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people–none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.
  2. Verse 5:4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes–these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.
    1. Colossians 3:15 New Living Translation
      And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
  3. Verse 5:5 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.
  4. Verse 5:6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.
  5. Verse 5:7 Don’t participate in the things these people do.
    1. Colossians 3:12-14 New Living Translation
      Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
    2. Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation
      Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

We should start at the very first verse of this same chapter.

Verse 5:1 New Living Translation
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

What then should we imitate about our God as His children? So much!

  1. Matthew 5:48 New Living Translation
    But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
  2. Luke 6:36 New Living Translation
    You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
  3. Philippians 2:14 New Living Translation
    Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
  4. 1 Peter 1:15 New Living Translation
    But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy.
  5. 1 Thessalonians 4:7 New Living Translation
    God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.

Verse 5:2 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.

Cross references to this is as follows:

  1. 2 Corinthians 2:15 New Living Translation
    Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing.
  2. John 13:34 New Living Translation So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

All’s written in plain words. Almost none to explain further. What may be confusing anyone is their own desire – the ungodly voice they follow.

This is how it should be when we live in Christ. This is exactly how to be a Christian. Yes, by God’s loving grace, we can persevere to imitate Him and do His will for us.

God called us to Holiness, to love Him, to be always thankful, and fear Him.

Ephesians 5:17 New Living Translation
Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.

He already has given His command. He already revealed His will. It’s all up to us now to follow.

Written 11/23/2016 by Mar Marilag




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