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The apostle Paul is not timid in challenging and insisting on purity from Christ followers!

Futility of Impurity

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:17-24

Key Verses: Ephesians 4:17 and Ephesians 4:19

 So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.

Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.

The futility of impurity is that no one ever gets long lasting satisfaction. A godless person will chase after sexual satisfaction, believing that fulfillment is possible. They soon realize that they are always left a little empty. God knows that sensuality is not an end in itself, sexual desire was given as a means to a more fulfilling end: intimacy.

The apostle Paul is not timid in challenging and insisting on purity from Christ followers! His reasoning and boldness comes from the futility of this world’s thinking. God had given the apostle the wisdom and inspiration to point out this worldly way of thinking. When people think wrongly, they begin to behave wrongly and that leads to wrong character traits. Look at our Key Verse again; these people had lost all sensitivity because they had given themselves to the pursuit of sensuality. These lost people were living with a continual lust that would never be satisfied.

God wants better for us, His children! He doesn’t want us to have futile thoughts, useless for good living! God wants us to trust Him enough to follow His plan for sexual behavior: One man and one woman relationships, growing into deep friendships, resulting in a sacred union of marriage, consummated by physical intimacy. God made us to receive fulfillment, but we can only find it by living as He directs us!

Father, check my thoughts and behaviors when I start thinking like the world. I ask for the Holy Spirit’s help in living a holy life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.