He says that followers of the Lord Jesus Christ must live a life different from the gentiles.
Who are these Gentiles in the 21st Century?
Gentile is a person who heard the Gospel message but rejected it.
Gentile is a person who is convinced of the Gospel but postpones to make a decision.
Gentile is a person who is resisting the Message of the Gospel continuously.
Gentile is a person who determined to follow the ways of the world.
Apostle Paul draws a clear contrast between a believer and an unbeliever.
Contrast #1: Unbeliever lives constantly and continually in the futility of their thinking which is Empty, fruitless, unproductive and useless.
Contrast #2: Unbeliever’s mind cannot comprehend the life with God because of ignorance and hardening of heart.
Contrast #3: Unbeliever lost all sensitivity of God’s ways and walk.
They indulge in every kind of impurity and lust for more due to a depraved mind.
The outcome of that depraved mind is just plain ignorance of God.
The saved person has the belief and the behavior controlled by the Holy Spirit.
When we sought the Lord, His truth sets us free from the bondage of sin.
We are made new in Christ with a transformed mind and changed heartr.
The change brings new mind, new attitudes and new self.
The change brings us closure to God to give up our control and to give into His control.
The change compels us to a separated life of servant hood useful for His service.
We should be known in our community as honest, reliable people who can be trusted.
We grieve the Holy Spirit when we continue to think the way a Gentile does.
We grieve the Holy Spirit when we continue to live the same life even after the critical change.
We grieve the Holy Spirit when we continue to act, talk, and behave as a Gentile.
The non-Christian or the unbeliever will not have indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
He is living with us and grieves when we lose sight of our new identity in the Lord.
Are we grieving the Holy Spirit?
That is the question we need to answer from the pages of our life truthfully.