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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson One

WALKING IN LOVE            Page 3
V. 1 (Cont'd.)

** We have discussed this before, but for a refresher, what does the word "walk" bring to mind?

A step by step awareness of our need to live in obedience to the One we call Lord and Savior.

** What is a good term for delayed obedience?

DISOBEDIENCE! When we have become aware of how the Lord would have us to live for His glory, and then put it off for a later time (perhaps when we think we have grown more in our faith), we are being disobedient to the One who gave His life for us! cf. James 4:17

** Paul has said that our walk ought to be worthy of our calling - let's take a closer look at that calling.

Hebrews 3:1 - A Heavenly Calling
2Timothy 1:8-9 - A Holy Calling

** Does that sound like a lot to live up to? What is the secret to being able to walk worthy, even in light of our frequent failures?

All see - Philippians 3:12-14 The secret comes in not dwelling on our past failure, but rather on the walk of obedience in the present that keeps us pressing "on toward the goal for the prise of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."

** By the way, what is the goal?

Christ formed in you to the glory of God.
cf. Galatians 4:19, Ephesians 4:13

V. 2 ** Well, knowing that I do not need to dwell on the failures of my past is helpful, but isn't there some further description of a worthy walk to help us understand what it looks like?

Yes - Here in verse 2, Paul says that the worthy walk comes with "humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another".

humility (in the presence of God) - Isaiah 2:10-12, 17
gentleness - James 3:13, Matthew 5:5, Matthew 11:29
patience (makrothumia, long suffering in any circumstance) - Colossians 1:10-12
forbearance (an unconquerable benevolence and invincible goodness toward others) -
Proverbs 10:12, 1Peter 4:8

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