CLEANLIVING is THANKSLIVING – Ephesians 5:3-4

“But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints.

Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.”

Ephesians 5:3-4

My Pondering: So much for all the dirty worldiness and the luring lies. As a saint, why would one even lay in pig slop when there is so much better. Our sinful nature wants to go there but that isnt where God dwells. I want to arise and hang with Him and His. That path is narrow and not always popular but its the only good and lasting way. Christians, and all moral people for that matter, can not just remove these dirty deeds and talk because worse may likely backfill it but rather intentionally replace with good then best. My experience has taught me the best way to stop a bad habit is to start a good one.

Its a frustrating process. That dirt is deep down thing in our carnal nature and wont be totally killed until the dross of sin is removed and we are given new improved and glorified celestial bodies. Until then its a daily and moment by moment choice and purification process. The closer we are to Christ the more our sin is evident and the more of it is scrubbed.

The Bible clearly sets forth what is right and wrong. We just need to read and heed. Trust and obey for there is no other way…that leads to God. The 2nd part of Romans 1 is a sober start.

The passage above says we should replace trash talk with thanksgiving. How about, “Thanksliving”.

Maybe you have heard the old saying, “Cleanliness is next to godliness”? Its not a Scripture verbatim but its certainly applicable here. I am not talking a clean house but more so a clean mouth and heart, at least as possible. Lets use David’s words where he pleaded in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.”

Man on man, we all have problems. And we all have blessings. Once we are born again, it opens up an eternity of bliss and infinitey of blessing. Lets take hope and hold of this promise in 2 Cor 4:16-17, “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer selfd is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.” Isn’t that wonderful?

But then lets continue to and internalize Phillipians 4:8 — Phi 4:9 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

Think these:
True
Honorable
Just
Pure
Lovely
Worthy of praise

We won’t be perfect people but we can have peace knowing that Jesus has got our backs and we will certainly be better.

My prayer: Lord, please enlighten and empower each soul who agrees with Your Word and purpose starting with me.

We got our work cut out. Help us Jesus.

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