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Your behavior should match what you believe

In Ephesians 5, Paul stated that our behavior should match what Christians believe because we have been delivered. If we have belief, but our behavior does not match it, we will cause harm and confusion to those who are trying to embrace the kingdom of God.

Our old nature has been conquered through the death burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and we are now freed from the bondage of sin.

Because of this, we should now be “imitators of God” now that we have been set free (Eph. 5:1-2).

The Greek word for imitator literally means “mimic” or “clone.” When mimicking Christ, we should have a “like father, like son” mindset. Christ is righteous, so let us be just. He is holy, so let us be pure. He is good, so let us be good. He is kind, so let us be kind.

When we look at Jesus, we should see who we are supposed to mimic.

We are God’s “poem (Eph. 2:10),” His melody (Eph. 5:19). Therefore, we should live our lives in tune with what God wants for us.

Christ’s life reflected a relationship that a man should have for his Creator who loved His creation. This is what is acceptable to God. Our lives should not give off a foul odor; we should walk like children that love God, and our behavior should reflect it.

The problem occurs when we bring our old nature into this relationship. Our old nature is still with us, and never gets better. A good example is a person who is sitting in the emergency room with a broken arm. Let’s say someone talks to that individual about Christ, and they become saved. They may have come to Christ, but their arm is still broken.

Now here’s the warning we should all pay attention to: there is always another lifestyle that the old man will continue to crave.

Paul tells us to not give in to these temptations (Eph. 5:3).

A particular theme that Paul warned us about was sexual uncleanliness, which included immoral acts. These acts typically have no boundaries and perversion.

In the first century the Greeks, thought it okay for a man to have a mistress. It wasn’t until Christ appears that this was seen as wrong.

This used to be our lifestyle before we came to the cross. It is a foul smell, and is not acceptable before God. This behavior does not match the behavior or testimony of Christ here on earth.

We should not speak foolishness or filthy talking (Eph. 5:4). The Greek word for foolishness is the same word from which we get the term “moron.” This term refers to one who uses sexual comments in constant context.

These words are used in sport, or in circumstance that are not appropriate. A good example would be to take something innocent and well meaning and make it perverted. For “morons,” immoral, indecent and inappropriate context is hilarious.

Its never appropriate for the child of God to behave in this manner. Don’t believe foolish men who try to tell you that God wont condemn you for speaking this way because He loves you too much (Eph. 5:6-7).

Let your behavior match your belief.

Romans 13:13-14 states, “Let us walk becomingly, as in the day; not in revelling and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and jealousy. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.”

Take another look at the movies you are watching. Take another look at the way you speak. Take another look at your life. Does your behavior match your beliefs?

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