Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
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. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
(Ephesians 5:1-21 ESV)
Yep, sin brings shame. I know it because I have experienced it. The thing is, I have a Facebook account since 2007, yet I was saved in 2009. I realized I used to like a lot of things that were really bad, they reflected sins of insecurity and idolatry in my life. As I looked through my Facebook account and edited my “likes” and websites I was ashamed to read that my testimony in front of people, was embarrassing. At the time I “liked” these tv shows, websites and all the bad things I saw, I was proud I liked them, I mean I really liked them. I wasted my time in them. I never realized how bad they were and in my BLINDNESS I pursued them and I let everyone know about that. Now I deleted them because I wanted to keep a good testimony and I didn’t want to be a stumbling block to another believer.
That was a good reminder of a couple of things:
1. My heart is sinful and I’m able to deceive myself. I can blind myself. I can think something is right, but it might be wrong, that’s why I need God’s Word.
Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
(Psalm 119:18 ESV)
2. God’s truth does set you free! The gospel changes people! I know now those things are not acceptable for a Christian and I dont like them anymore. Some of the things I liked were dishonoring to parents and dishonoring to God. And as Christians we should stay away from that. Because we have a new nature, we despise those things!
Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
(John 17:17 ESV)
3. God is working! God is growing Christians all the time! I was happy to know He showed me what was right, because He was merciful to me. But I needed to submit to the authority of His Word first, that’s the only way Christians can be changed.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
(Philippians 1:6 ESV)
Don’t do something that you would be ashamed of later. Prove and test everything by God’s word. Try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:10 ESV)
Blessed are those whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD!
Blessed are those who keep his testimonies,
who seek him with their whole heart,
who also do no wrong,
but walk in his ways!
You have commanded your precepts
to be kept diligently.
Oh that my ways may be steadfast
in keeping your statutes!
Then I shall not be put to shame,
having my eyes fixed on all your commandments. (Psalm 119:1-6 ESV)
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