Ephesians 5

Author

Kristy Espinoza

Scripture:

Ephesians 5

Observations:

God is instructing us to live in Love.

We are told specific things in which not to do, and specific things to do.

Husbands and wife are given clear instructions on how to love and respect each other.

Application:

I love this passage. It is a great reminder of how we should love one another, With how we talk to one another, how we act with one another, and how we think about one another. It is also a great reminder, of how we were once in darkness, and because we have the spirit in us we can be the “light” and act out in ways that pleases the Lord.

This passage is also a good reminder for wives and husbands. Wives are called to submit to our husbands, as husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church.

Prayer:

Dear lord,

Thank you for the reminder of how we are suppose to love our neighbors. Lord, please give us the strength to hold our tongue when needed, and to speak up at the right time. Lord, you have called us to be good husbands and wives, but lord we can not do that without your help, so Lord, please help us.

AMEN

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
Thank you Kristy
I was struck with the caution in v. 7 and looked up the word partner -noun 1. a person who shares or is associated with another in some action or endeavor; sharer; associate. There is no way for me to avoid some of the people described in this passage however it got me thinking whether or not I partner with them and began thinking about who I do business with, who I purchase from, who I let entertain me and it reminded me that actions like these are an agreement on my part to do so and I then 'hang out' with these folks. Not that I am sinless, but often I can look the other way going into a transaction, inquiring about the news, etc.. God desires I grow in love more and more which means I need to let the spirit direct my conscience more and more so that these things don't suck the life out of my capacity to love others.

Wed, June 17, 2015 @ 6:06 AM

2. Rob Schulze wrote:
Thanks Kristy... this is a great passage and I was elbowed by the Holy Spirit about my speech and some foolish talk/course joking I participated in this past week :(

Jim... I agree we need to be discerning. 2 Cor. 6:14 comes to mind, "Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?"

But I want to offer another viewpoint. The Greek word for NIV's choice of "partner" is more accurately defined as "partaking together with" (Vine's) or "a co-participant" (Strong's). Paul's warning us to not partake or participate in the various sinful behavior he lists in v. 3-5. While one should not marry or perhaps co-found a business with a greedy/immoral unbeliever, I think we can freely do some business, associate or "hang out" with immoral people. The key is to not partake/participate in their behavior. Therefore, there are times I need to not grab a beer with some friends as I know it'll be 95% foolish talk but there are times that I need to be salt/light within such darkness if that is my motivation. I get that "partaker" is old-school language and appreciate how the NIV & ESV strives to use contemporary language but several times I've noticed that while their word choice is a close match, they sometimes miss what the author's word choice in the Greek was really trying to convey.

Regarding associating with sexually immoral, greedy idolaters, Paul says this in 1 Cor 5:9-11... "I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister[c] but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people."

Yet I'm right there with you that there's a ton of tension & challenge between associating and not partaking. "Father, please give us your power and motivation to be fully in the world but not to partake in the world's worldliness. In Jesus name, Amen"

Wed, June 17, 2015 @ 7:22 AM

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