Words from the Heart for Sunday October 3rd, 2021
Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise…
Ephesians 5:15 (NIV)
How You Live
According to the website internations.org, here are the basics about how to live in Canada: “It is polite to hold the door open for someone, not interrupt when others are speaking and to let people off of the elevator first. Remember to say “please,” “thank you,” and “you’re welcome.” If you did not hear someone clearly the first time say “pardon.” Do not spit in public or litter, and make sure to pick up after your pets. If there is a line, patiently wait for your turn.
Most people don’t give much thought to how they live their lives. They get up in the morning and go about their day, making a thousand decisions, big and little, seldom asking if it’s the right decision or why it might be the right or wrong decision. Without even recognizing it, everyone has a moral compass of some sort. For many, that moral compass is what makes them happy, or brings them pleasure. The follower of Jesus has a clear moral compass, and we are called to live by it. Ephesians 5:15 says “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise.” The command here is to be very careful. If you are a disciple of Jesus, then in every decision you make you must carefully consider what the Bible says about it. This is why we are called to be students of the Word of God. Through what God teaches in the Bible we gain the wisdom we need to live a godly life and consistently be a witness to the transforming power of Jesus Christ. Throughout today, take time to ask, “Based on Biblical principle, what is the wise thing to do here?”
These have been words from the heart.