Week Five Wrap-Up
This week we defined the following words:
- Fornication: (porneia) illicit sexual intercourse; adultery, fornicaiton, homosexuality
- Uncleanness: (akatharsia) uncleanness, impurity of lust
- Covetousness: (pleonexia) greedy desire to have more
- Filthiness: (aischrotes) obscenity
- Foolish talking: (morologia) foolish talking
- Coarse jesting: (eutrapelia) pleasantry, humour, facetiousness, in a bad sense
- Submit/Subject: (hupotasso) yield to one’s advice
In Ephesians 5, Paul cuts straight to the root of how we should act as children of God.
He warns of us habitually choosing a lifestyle of sin and not to be deceived by empty words.
Paul prompts us to be wise in all our interactions, understanding the will of God. For us to understand and discern God’s prompting in any circumstance we must be sure we are sober-minded and seeking wisdom.
Part of seeking wisdom is to submit ourselves to one another, not only as sisters in Christ, but in our marriages.
Paul teaches women to yield to the leading of our spouse in the same way the church submits itself to Christ. And, he shows men how to love their wives just as Christ loves His bride, too.
In it’s simplest form, a good marriage relies on a wife willing to love so deeply she willingly submits and serves a husband that sacrificially loves his wife and pours out his affection through gently leading her to the goodness and blessings of God.
Overall, Paul shows us how we are to act and react as children of God.
Share your W.O.W. moment(s) from Ephesians 5 in the comments below