1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
I am not sure that I fully understand what is going on here. Verse 1 starts off so wonderfully – walk in the way of love as dearly loved children of God, but then it seems to become very legalistic. When I think about walking in the way of love I think about that mushy feeling of being loved or being in love. I think it comes down to love languages, God shows us His love by forgiving us through Christ Jesus (Ehp 4). Walking in the way of love seems to be how we respond to God’s love, mercy and forgiveness. How we respond to Gods love is by appreciating what we have been given, taking it seriously. These instruction are to help us get rid of the things that breakdown, they break us down, they break our relationships down and basically rob us of the life we have been given. If I gave my boy a new bicycle for his birthday and he was openly happy about his new gift but insisted on using his old bike instead of his new one I may start to think that he did not appreciate the gift as much as I thought. To make the new bike more appealing I would probably ask him to get rid of the old bike. That is sort of how I make sense of this; the inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ is eternal…now and forever. If we don’t choose to live in our freedom now then we are not really taking hold of the inheritance.
This is probably more complex than my simple analogy… so what are your thoughts?