by the Spirit - Part 2
** Back in Ephesians 5:15 - to what are we applying all
of this exacting caution?
Our daily "walk", remember this is speaking of our conduct
and should be viewed in moment by moment bytes! This requires a serious
effort on our part, so that we might build upon the foundation of our
faith with a daily conduct which brings glory to God among His angels
as they observe our life. (Luke 15:7 and 1Peter 1:12)
Hopefully that is a sobering thought! This is the first characteristic
of living the Spirit-filled
life, 1) We are careful about how we walk.
** What contrast does Paul choose to use to illustrate the nature of
our walk and to also give us the second characteristic of living the Spirit-filled life?
It is to be: 2)not as unwise"
Psalm 14:1 "there is no God"
Proverbs 1:7 "despise wisdom and instruction"
Proverbs 14:9 "mock sin"
"but as wise"
Proverbs 12:1 "loves discipline and knowledge"
Proverbs 13:1 "accepts his father's discipline"
Proverbs 14:1 "builds her house"
Proverbs 15:1-2 Wisdom speaks - "a gentle answer turns away wrath"
** How does this second characteristic work towards building stronger
relationships, even within our
God has given us His wisdom in His word, if we will employ it, our
relationships will be blessed and reflect His image, we will be imitating
V.16 ** For the third characteristic, let's look at verse 16.
While we are walking carefully and wisely, of what are we to be good stewards?
Time! Lit. 3)Redeeming the time" - Paul did
not use chronos (the term used for clock time), but rather he chose
kairos which denotes a measured, allocated season or epoch. He is speaking
of our opportunity in this life as Christians. We are given, by God's
grace, new opportunities everyday to display our careful and wise walk.
In witnessing to the lost and by encouraging, admonishing, blessing,
and strengthening our
spouses, or brothers and sisters, we should make the most of our opportunities.
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