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Words For My Walk

by Al Parr
August 2, 2015
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I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vacation wherewith ye are called, with all Iowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:1-3)

We live today in a generation that, more than any other in our nation's history, lives by human opinion, fleshly emotions and selfish attitudes. Seemingly everyone is offended by something, and makes a public show of it. But we Christians have been changed by our encounter with Jesus (Romans 12:1-2). We are in the world, but we are not of the world (John 17:11,14). We walk by a different ruie: the eternal truth revealed by our Creator.

In Ephesians 4:1-3 the word translated “vocation” means "a call, invitation." In context it refers specifically to "the divine invitation to embrace salvation of God.” The person of “lowliness" is one who has a "humble opinion of one's se|f; a deep sense of one's (moral) littleness.” "Meekness" is “gentleness, mildness." To be “longsuffering" is to have “patience, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance." To be “forbearing” is to “sustain, to bear, "to endure." “Endeavouring" is more than simply trying; it is “to exert one's self, give diligence."

All this Paul was “beseech"ing ("begging, entreating”) of the church of Christ. He was “striving to appease by entreaty." By this pattern the Christian is to walk “worthy" (“suitably, in a manner worthy of”) that invitation of God to receive salvation.

Consider Paul's entreaty, and compare his words with your thoughts, words and actions. Being a Christian I must not condemn others for actions which l do not personally like: I am not my brother’s Judge. I should encourage others to speak and practice sound doctrine, of course (Col. 3:16-17), but in matters of personal opinion I must allow others freedom. Christians, don't point out every seeming imperfection of your brothers and sisters. How do you want them to speak to you (Matt. 7:12)?