1Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;

  • Have you ever seen a little kid? trying to act just like his dad? - does he ever succeed in being more than an echo?

2and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gaveHimself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.

  • This is the way we imitate God - We WALK in LOVE
  • just as Christ - John 13:34 love each other just as I have loved you
    • Jesus example of love is the "how to" video of the Christian life - the model we are sculpted after
  • and gave himself up for us
    • literally betrayed himself
    • worked against his own self interest but for ours
  • an offering and a sacrifice as a fragrant aroma
    • Jesus sacrifice was for our good and pleasing to His father

 

3But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; 4and [there must be no] filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks 5For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

  • immorality - porneia this is where we get our word “pornography” it means literally “fornication” - ANY sexuality outside of marriage
  • impurity - uncleanness, this is a reference to homosexuality
  • greed - covetousness living ones life in pursuit of things
  • MUST NOT even be named among you
    • Why are these three linked to one another here? - they are ALL a form of idolatry (see the vs 5)
    • In the end you get what you spend your life chasing
  • filthiness, silly talk, coarse jesting - the kind of joking and discussion that are out of place in a holy setting
    • this goes beyond just lewd jokes or bad words
    • this includes acidic sarcasm and biting comments
  • but rather thankfulness
    • We should be a people marked not by cynicism and sarcasm but by gratitude
    • a people who encourage one another and bring wholeness and joy

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