Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Welcome to Day 339 of our Life Journal!
Before you comment or read what I have posted, please read the following passages for yourself and complete your own S.O.A.P. exercise… How does this work?
S.O.A.P = Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer
Ephesians 5:3, “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.”
21 “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
Psalm 119:1-80:18, “Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.”
Not even a hint of sexual immorality. Or impurity… or greed. Not a hint.
I like to cook. That may surprise some of you…
For me it’s a creative outlet with an edible end that many can enjoy. (Hopefully.)
When I read that word “hint” it made me think of salting a dish. I think a “hint” may compare to a “dash” or a “pinch” It’s just the tiniest amount…
Jesus talked about yeast or leaven… that it only takes a small amount to leaven the whole batch of dough.
Not even a hint of sexual immorality, impurity or greed. Not one gesture, not one joke, not one selfish motive… Greed affects our whole life. Greedy with our position and our possessions. (It may be the difference between giving and loaning money? Hmmm…)
That’s the standard for all of us. (Not just pastors…)
I wonder what a “hint” of sexual immorality looks like? I mean, I wonder what God considers to be a “hint?”
An improper glance?
A suggestive gesture?
Anything off color that’s sexual in nature?
Paul goes on to talk about “obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place…” In other words, there’s no room for any of it in our lives…
A few weeks ago, our pastor, Doug, was talking about purity… he had a bottle of water in his hand. He said, “If you were thirsty and I offered you this bottle of water, you’d probably be very appreciative… until I said, ‘Oh, by the way… there’s just ONE drop of sewage in there.'”
There’s only a “hint” of sewage in there… Just one drop? What could that do? It’s only ONE drop!
Only a hint…
Help us to live lives above reproach. That we wouldn’t even have a hint of sewage in our lives…