When you were a kid growing up, did you ever get in trouble? Maybe you were given a time-out, or perhaps you were grounded for a week. Our parents disciplined us so that we would learn rules and strive to live in a better way. But if they never told us what we were doing wrong, how would we know to change our ways?
In this passage, Paul tells the Ephesians everything they must avoid if they want to walk in the way of love. He makes it clear that the actions listed in this passage are not for God’s people. While this passage can feel harsh and overwhelming, it is also a wonderful reminder of how good our God is because He accepted us while we were living in darkness.
Heavenly Father, I am sorry for the things I do that fail to live up to Your instruction and love. Help me to avoid the darkness of sin and let me focus on Your goodness and light. Thank you for Your forgiveness. Amen.