Summary: We are the Church which will be presented to Christ without spot or blemish. We have learned that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer, but when we fail in our Christian walk we can grieve the Holy Spirit.
Title: Enemies of the Family
Text: “See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:15-16).
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:1-6:4
How do Christians walk?
We walk in love, as Christ taught us to walk.
Paul wrote this to the Ephesian church--
“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
This is a high calling, but it is nevertheless what God expects of His people.
We are to be imitators of God, especially in the matter of forgiveness, and in all aspects of our Christian walk.
We are the Church which will be presented to Christ without spot or blemish.
We have learned that the Holy Spirit indwells every believer, but when we fail in our Christian walk we can grieve the Holy Spirit.
It doesn’t mean that we are no longer children of God, but it does mean that the unsaved world will not see us as children of God.
Always remember, when we fail, He is willing to work with us; He knows how to forgive.
But make no mistake about it—God wants us to continually grow in the fullness of life in Jesus Christ.
This scripture may sound like an appeal for personal Christian living alone, but it also precedes a lengthy passage on family relationships.
Therefore we should apply these truths to the family as well as to our personal lives.
There are things around that can be identified as friends of the family, but we should be aware of the enemies of the family as well.
While it is true that certain television shows and movies and the influence of non-Christian minds can be detrimental to the health of the family, these are not our primary enemies.
We cannot isolate ourselves from the world if we are to have any impact on it.
The real enemies of the family are those that arise out of our own disobedience to the Word of God.
We can name these enemies by looking carefully at our scripture passage.
ENEMY #1 IS PERMISSIVENESS.
The first enemy is described in Ephesians 5:3-12—
But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any 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 be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.