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 – Ephesians 5:1 – 5
I’m a mum and sometimes I try and think of adult behaviour from a ‘mum perspective’ – that is, what would I say if my daughter did that? One of the conversations I have had with her is around the idea of ‘if you have to do it when I’m not looking or when the door’s shut, should you be doing it at all?’ Do we participate in sexual immorality where others can see? Of course not. Do we use obscene language, gossip and joke at others’ expense out in the open? Sometimes, but generally it’s quietly with 1 or 2 friends.
I remember the first time I heard in a sermon the idea of sin being the act of turning from God. There was a picture of a u-turn sign on the screen and that image has stayed with me for years. When we ‘u-turn’ back to God, we are reminded of his grace and are better able to ‘walk in the way of love’.
Spend some time reflecting on how you might make this u-turn – it might mean removing yourself from a situation, it could be offering an apology. In some cases, we may need more help than we can give ourselves and this is where a trusted friend we can confide in becomes important. Pray now that God would help you catch yourself in the moments you’re acting out of darkness and not light, and instead help you walk in the way of love.
Janet Sutton – Creek Road Campus