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Verse 3-4: “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.”

I’m sure you have heard the phrase, “well, if there’s one thing he/she is not, it’s fill-in-the-blank.” Usually, it’s when someone says with almost absolute conviction, that someone is or is not a certain adjective; that they would never ever call this person that adjective to describe them.

Case in point: if over 5 years ago, I said the name “Joe Paterno”, most folks, whether casual or rabid fans of college football would know the name, and associate certain adjectives to describe him. Likewise, they wouldn’t have used certain adjectives to the contrary to describe him. Flash forward to the last few years, and now, some people might choose to use other adjectives to describe him in ways they wouldn’t have thought before, given the events of the last few years. Now, I’m not here to defend or assail the man, but using his situation to stress the phrase “let it not even be named among you”.

Paul is reminding the Ephesians here that we should adhere to Jesus’s example so strongly, that there is no way anyone could accuse us of behavior to the contrary. Can we do that by ourselves? No. We were born into sin; only the saving grace of Jesus Christ can rescue us. Even as born-again Christians, we may slip and fall into sin. However, Christ is quick to forgive, if we come to Him and confess our sin and try to live our lives in Him, through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is the Perfect Example.

Have a blessed day in Him!


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