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Living Wisely

Living Wisely

30 June 2009

Scripture:

As for you, promote the kind of living that reflects right teaching. (Titus 2:1 NLT)

It’s not about religion or religious practices. It’s about living right in relationship with God and others. Paul told Titus to “Teach the older men to exercise self-control, to be worthy of respect, and to live wisely. They must have sound faith and be filled with love and patience.” (Titus 2:2 NLT)

His instructions for older men, women, and younger men: “Live wisely in all you do.”

It’s not really about how many times you attend church meetings each week, although meeting together is important. It’s not really about how many chapters of the Bible you read each day, although reading and internalizing God’s Word is important. It’s not really about religiously obeying a “don’t do these things” list, although there are some things that are very harmful and wrong and we shouldn’t do those things.

It is about living wisely in relationships of love for God and for others. Much more than the words we say, it’s the way we live that reflects what we really believe.

Here’s an admonition from Paul to the Ephesians that has become one of my guiding truths… 15 So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. 16 Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days. 17 Don’t act thoughtlessly, but try to understand what the Lord wants you to do. (Ephesians 5:15-17 NLT)

Prayer:

Father, As for me, this morning I pray that you will give me the grace to live wisely. Help me in my teaching to avoid the tendency to teach people to be religious and to focus instead on teaching people the things that promote right relationships and right living. Amen.

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