Have you noticed that people’s morals and language have taken a downward trajectory over the last few years? Language has become more angry and insulting, and people’s focus has turned toward inward pleasures. We now live in a time where divisiveness and conflict are the norm. A disciple of Jesus Christ is called to live differently.
“But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints; and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.”
Live for Jesus
The Apostle Paul had been all over the known Roman Empire. He had seen different cultures and behaviors. He has to remind Christians that they are not to emulate the culture. They are to stay away from immorality and impurity, prevalent in places like Ephesus and Corinth. Worshipping at the Roman & Greek Temples often included sleeping with a temple prostitute. Living for Jesus made you stick out like a sore thumb in these places.
Another area of concern was the words coming out of a disciple’s mouth. Paul exhorts believers to avoid using filthy language or coarse jesting. A common translation of that would be cursing or inappropriate joking. This is a stumbling block for many believers. They get angry, and soon a diatribe of profanity erupts from their mouths. In an attempt to be accepted by coworkers, they join in with the crude jokes. This type of talk is not fitting for any disciple.
Called to Live Differently
There is an alternative to these behaviors. Paul tells you to have a disposition of thankfulness. This is more than saying thank you. Having an attitude of thankfulness means understanding where your blessings come from and then professing that with your mouth. Are you sincerely grateful for what Jesus has done for you? Do you give credit to God when He blesses you unexpectedly? Someone known for giving thanks will rarely be immersed in inappropriate behavior or filthy language. You are called to live differently.