Tender Hearted, © Mark Hewitt 2015
Last week we finished off with
"Imitate God, we are beloved children; and live in love, because Christ loves us – a beautiful fragrant love."
What does that mean for you? Or what could it mean?
Now that we have grasped we are to imitate God, we are loved a beautiful fragrant love. We imitate that love to others.
So whats next?
Act like people with good sense – be wise
A counsel to be careful, which might be another way of saying pay attention to your words and actions. Such attentiveness is the way of the wise and includes an awareness of the broader story of God and creation.
May have been directed specifically to things happening in Ephesus yet as we now all times in many ways are evil times – that evil manifests itself in different ways in different decades.
Make every minute count
These times are not the be all and end all of life; with God, life transcends this age and that perspective is meant to evoke an attitude of humility and responsibility.
Don’t destroy yourself ...
You may be saying “well I’m ok , I don’t get Drunk – never have”. Well getting drunk is only an example. Any such behaviour that clouds judgment and takes us away from the way of the wise.
Be Spirit filled. – with the Spirit driving
Gratitude is the posture followers of Jesus are encouraged to assume; gratitude to God, the source of all life.
What else could we do being Spirit driven?
Ephesians 5:15-20 (NRSV)
Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.