SEPARATION FROM SINFUL CHARACTER
Evil communications is a pathway to greater sin. These are stated as filthiness, foolish talking and jesting. The unregenerate cannot hold their tongue from uttering such things; but these are not convenient for a child of God. Instead a child of God must give thanks for salvation and exercise self-control facilitated by the presence of the Holy Spirit. Paul was specific to show that those who did such evils could not get away with it. He said, “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God” (Eph 5:5). He urged his audience not to be deceived. God punishes the disobedient over such deeds. Thus they must have nothing to do with such deeds.
Paul reminded his readers that they were once in that darkness, but then they were children of light, in the Lord, and they must walk in that light. The Ephesian Christians knew what the Apostle meant because all of them had a testimony of salvation. And they knew their past and how the Lord had separated them from that darkness. Paul said that “the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.” Thus their everyday life must prove what was acceptable to God.
Paul urged the Ephesian Christians not to be silent but to exercise separation and have no fellowship at all with the unfruitful works of darkness. Their position must stand out, pointing out errors. Though Paul was speaking here of relationship on the personal level, it was also true that there were churches who did not take any disciplinary action against erring members. This must not be the case. The Apostle painted a sad picture of the sinful world saying that it was a shame even to speak of those things that were done of unbelievers in secret. Thus there was a need for separation.
THOUGHT: “… evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Cor 15:33).
PRAYER: Lord, may I always speak that which is edifying.