Summary: If we are to imitate Christ as Paul asks us to in 5:1, we must keep our lives clean by allowing nothing to dirty the mirror that is our life so we may reflect Christ clearly.
Paul tells these people to follow (5:1), or mimic, God as they demonstrate a worthy walk (4:1) that should be part of every Christian’s lifestyle.
We must mirror God’s ideals in daily living.
Controlling My Wants (2-3)
Is my attitude one of giving, or taking (2) ?
Is what consumes me open or secret (3)?
Immorality’s unplanned results
Unclean living’s poisonous residue
Covetousness’ wandering mind
Controlling My Words (4)
Dirty stories “filthiness*” ?
Offensive, anti-Christian speech “foolish talking*” ?
Double-meaning humor (able to be turned easily) “jesting*” ?
*These three descriptive words are used only here in the NT. Even Paul did not dwell on examples of what specifically made up a this inappropriate speech.