Have you ever tried to describe the taste of something? I can usually describe something as salty, sweet, bitter or acidic. I might even say something tastes smoky. After that, I’m usually just comparing it to something known, saying things like “it tastes like chicken.”
Some people amaze me. They can distinguish the taste of different spices while I can only detect cinnamon. They roll their tongue, peer into the distance and say things like, “it has a hint of rosemary.”
While I don’t need such a discerning sense of taste, I do need a discerning moral sense that can detect the hint or whiff of evil. That’s what Ephesians 5:3-7 says, “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. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person–such a man is an idolater–has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.” (NIV)
Our culture scoffs at biblical morals. But you and I must detect and avoid even the hint of immorality, impurity or greed.
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