Ephesians 5 is about living in the light, and instructions on how we should act. Paul does a really nice breakdown of actions and talking patterns in this chapter. What’s funny is that it was written over 2000 years ago and people are doing the same things today.
Obscene jokes are told, sexual immorality is abundant, and people generally do whatever they want. However, Paul speaks against this, because it’s displeasing to God, and it separates us from him.
Being separated from God is the most terrifying thing that could happen to you. The absence of God is the absence of goodness and love. He is the source of it all, so without him, none of that can exist.
As Christians living in the light, we need to set an example and show people how to live Christlike. We need to do it without boasting, and without being prideful. But Ephesians 5 does a great job of showing us the way.
5 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. 2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people. 4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. 5 You can be sure that no immoral, impure, or greedy person will inherit the Kingdom of Christ and of God. For a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him. 7 Don’t participate in the things these people do. 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.
10 Carefully determine what pleases the Lord. 11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. 12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. 13 But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, 14 for the light makes everything visible. This is why it is said,
“Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
Have you ever tried to excuse your sins? I know I have, and Ephesians 5 just reminded me that I have. Everybody else sins can never be a proper excuse, and you’ll still be held accountable for them.
When you sin you’re choosing your pleasure over grace and mercy.
I’m not writing this to condemn you, please don’t take it that way. Instead, I want you to repent, and turn from those ways back to God. As long as you’re breathing you can find grace and mercy for them.
Ephesians 5 is about waking up, living in the light, and becoming righteous. I do believe many Christians focus on sin management rather than knowing God.
We need to repent and turn from our wicked ways, but sometimes we do fall back into them. This isn’t an excuse to keep sinning. Instead, it’s an excuse to confess what you did to God, repent, and keep chasing after him.
As we follow Christ, the weight of this world will begin to melt off of us. We’ll want more of him, and less of this world. Before you know it, sin will be a thing of the past.
15 So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly but understand what the Lord wants you to do. 18 Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, 19 singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. 20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Here in Ephesians 5, Paul gives some really good advice, I’ve seen many people ruin their lives over a love for alcohol, and many others are wise but they live like fools.
Choose today who you will be, are you going to live your life with no meaning? Every day you wake up, eat breakfast, go to work, and watch Netflix.
Wouldn’t you rather make an impact on someone’s life? Don’t you want to change the world? All of these streaming services aren’t bad, but when they become your life, and their all you do, something is wrong.
Get outside, meet your neighbors, and transform your neighborhood into something that pleases God.
You’ll be amazed at what God does when you step out in faith and love your neighbors.
Ephesians 5 is what made me step out and become a snowboard instructor. I love the snowboarding community, and I wanted to teach my niece about this amazing winter sport.
However, there’s a great need for Christians in that community. So I signed on, and it’s now a ministry for me. I talk with people about their lives, and I give advice, all while I’m on a snow-covered hill having a great time.
Ministry doesn’t have to be boring…and if you are bored, I think you’re doing it wrong.
Ephesians 5 Spirit-Guided Relationships: Wives and Husbands
21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.
22 For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. 24 As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her 26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. 27 He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault.
28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as they love their own bodies. For a man who loves his wife actually shows love for himself. 29 No one hates his own body but feeds and cares for it, just as Christ cares for the church. 30 And we are members of his body.
31 As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one.” 32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one. 33 So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
This part of Ephesians 5 is hard for me to grasp, mostly because I’m not married, so I don’t know how it all works. However, I will state that men and women have two different roles.
One of the great issues of our day comes from blurring the lines of men and women, and Ephesians 5 seems very clear about it.
Jesus loved the church so much that he died for us. And if a man is supposed to love his wife that way, he won’t be condescending to her, make unnecessary demands, or abuse her.
Instead, he will do what’s needed to make a happy wife.
So in some way, a happy wife and happy life do make sense…I guess…
And vice versa the wife should help the husband (like he does for her). They do this because they both have different strengths and weaknesses, and they shore up those weaknesses.
Ephesians 5 gives you a roadmap to how God wants marriages to be run. Basically, love each other, treat one another with respect, and get the job done.
In other words, marriage is a more intimate expression of the Christian faith.
Sterling grew up in the suburbs of Minneapolis. As a kid he loved skateboarding but mostly did street riding. He injured his ankle badly when he dropped into his first half pipe. His skateboarding slowed down after that, but he still loved the sport. While in his 20's he needed to make a change, so he did some world traveling with a motivational speaking group. Through it all, he visited 46 states and 3 continents and eventually lived in Mississippi. In 2005, Hurricane Katrina tore through the state. He jumped into the fray, helping mobilize support for the evacuees of New Orleans & The Gulf Coast. During the aftermath he helped run a shelter and drove food & medical supplies to affected areas by truck. Currently he lives in Minneapolis, runs his snowboard shop, and shreds Vail Whenever he can.