Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Behave Wisely

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This post is the continuation of my Study of Colossians.    

Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity. Colossians 4:5 (AMP)
Walk in wisdom: That is, conduct uprightly and honestly. Deal with them on the strictest principles of integrity, so that they may not have occasion to reproach the religion which you profess. 
Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible
Buying up each (literally, the) opportunity: The opportunity is the fit time for each step of a well-conducted walk, the precise juncture of circumstances which must be seized at once or it is gone. 
The Pulpit Commentaries

As Christians we are to act differently than those who do not believe in God. For our standard of conduct is based on a holy God. We are to be "different". People of integrity. People of honesty. People who show respect. Our actions, words, attitudes should reflect our relationship with God. 

Colossians 3 begins with the "putting on" of characteristics, then discusses relationships with those in our families and work. Being a "Christian" is not to be in "name only". The truth of God's Word is to impact each and every area of our life. We are not to be "Sunday Christians", where we dress up nicely to attend church, and then the rest of the week "live like the devil". 

God's Word is to have an impact in each aspect of our life. Our relationships, our work, and our dealings with others with whom we come in contact. 
People are watching. What do they see? Do they see someone who is behaving wisely because of a personal relationship with God Almighty? 

The solid basis for behaving wisely is a heart permeated with a deep sense of reverence for God (Acts 9:31 MSG). For only when I have a deep sense of reverence for Holy God, will I behave wisely.

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