10/25/16: Never Let It Be Said
There are some things I never want to let it be said of me. I don’t want to be called a liar, or a racist, or a cheat. I don’t want to be labeled as insincere, judgmental, or arrogant. I may not be able to stop people from calling me those nasty things, but it is under my control whether or not those things are true. If I don’t want certain things to be said of me, I must take the responsibility to lead my life above the level of those accusations.
As believers, it is our duty to be sure we steer clear of even the possibility of having certain accusations railed against us. Ephesians 5:2-4 says, “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks” (NKJ). Our love walk and our sweet offerings to God are tarnished by the six offenses named in those verses.
If these charges were brought against you, would you be convicted or cleared? Go through this quick checklist. Are you currently guilty of:
- Fornication? From the Greek word “porneia (por-ni’-ah)” from which we get our English word “pornography,” this term encompasses all sorts of sexual sin including harlotry, adultery, and incest. Figuratively, it even covers idolatry.
- Uncleanness? “Akatharsia (ak-ath-ar-see’-ah)” denotes both physical and moral impurity.
- Covetousness? “Pleonexia (pleh-on-ex-ee’-ah)” means avarice (greed) and by implication also covers fraud and extortion.
- Filthiness? “Aischrotes (ahee-skhrot’-ace)” is a Greek word that means shamefulness and obscenity.
- Foolish talking? The word used here is “morologia (mo-rol-og-ee’-ah)” which speaks of silly talk and buffoonery. This does not mean you can’t tell a joke, but if you’re involved in this problem, you are over the top with your silliness, so much so that others cannot see the life of Christ in you.
- Coarse jesting? “Eutrapelia (yoo-trap-el-ee’-ah)” can be used simply to mean “witticism.” However, this verse discusses the negative side of wit describing its offensive sense as in ribaldry which is vulgar joking or mocking especially with sex in a humorous but coarse way.
Are we guilty today? If not, give God thanks. If so, make some changes.
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Mission Trip Update! We’re on our way home from ZAMBIA today! As I post this devotion, our team is waiting for our shuttle to the Zambian airport. We have a 7-hour flight from here to Dubai, then a 15+ flight from Dubai to Los Angeles. Thanks so much for your prayers, well wishes, and especially the donations that allowed me to have this amazing ministry adventure. Stay tuned for tons of pictures and reflections.