Thoughts on Ephesians 4:17-19

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They
are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.”

Was meditating on this passage for QT and I was struck by the progressive (or is it regressive) deterioration of the one who hardens his heart to God. In summary, it is:

Hardening of heart >> ignorance >> darkened in understanding & separated from life of God >>futility of thinking >> lost all sensitivity >> indulge in every kind of impurity >> continual lust for more

I do not doubt the work of the Holy Spirit in convicting the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgement (John 16:8), but one would need to open his heart to accept the word of God and for the Holy Spirit to accept truth. After all, the devil snatches away the word of God that falls on the path, the impermeable heart.

Have you ever talked to yourself, just this little more of forbidden pleasure and I would be satisfied? It’s a lie. Joshua Harris said it best in his book, Not even a hint (page 41):

“That’s the payoff of lust – ‘a continual lust for more.’

“Even when you indulge in every kind of impurity, you’re still filled with a continual lust. You won’t be able to fantasise enough to quench lust. You won’t be able to sleep with enough people. You won’t be able to view enough pornography. You can gorge yourself on lust, but you’re always going to be hungry. You’ll be trapped in a never ending pursuit of wrong desires – always reaching for something that cannot be grasped.

The word of God is always relevant, always true. Show me one who says s/he is perfectly happy with satisfying his/her lust, and I’ll show you one who is dead.

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