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To Be an Imitator of God, Here is What Not to Do, Part 4 -- Ephesians 5:5

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Charles Spurgeon said, "Let no Christian parents fall into the delusion that Sunday School is intended to ease them of their personal duties. The first and most natural condition of things is for Christian parents to train up their own children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord." 

One of my psychology and counseling professors at Texas Wesleyan University repeated over and over again, “It is your job as parents to make children lovable.” 

As we continue our focus on living the Christian life in the context of the home and family from the Word of God, and as we look at positioning ourselves so that we can be revived by God, we come to a very severe warning in this letter from Paul. He has already told us that we are to be imitators of God and told us how to do that. He has also told us some things we should refrain from doing if we are to live as imitators of God. 

This verse is a continuation of what not to do, and if we keep on doing these things, it is evidence that we have never been born again and will miss the kingdom of God and go to hell. Now, he tells us that if we do certain things, we will be in danger of missing out on the Kingdom of God. He tells us this with forcefulness and certitude, saying, "For this ye know." Paul wants to convince us of the great danger that we are in if we persist in the activities he is about to name. He prefaces these words with a statement meaning, "be assured of this, be certain of this." So, take these words seriously.

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