Growing in Goodness
This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. Ephesians 4:17–18
suggested further reading: 1 Corinthians 6
Let us learn to walk in the fear of God, noting what Paul sets down here about the consummation of all evil. He says this to show us the wages God will pay to all who do not yield to him in due time and place.
Let us quake at such threats, fearing that God will execute them upon us when we cannot bear to be rebuked for our vices. Let us urge ourselves forward and afflict ourselves for our vices. When we entertain vices, let us become so inwardly ashamed that we abase and condemn ourselves until God has relieved us of them in his mercy.
We must put this teaching of Paul’s into practice so that once God has joined us to him through our Lord Jesus Christ and given us life, we may take heed that this new life is not obscured and quenched in us through our own malice and ingratitude.
In continuing this teaching, let us learn first of all to humble ourselves, for it is certain that humility will cause us to come to God. Second, let humility be joined with carefulness so that we are not so indifferent as to flatter ourselves. For through the same carefulness we must strive to the utmost to fight against our vices and lusts, waiting upon our Lord until he rids us completely of them.
In the meantime, let us always be gaining some victory, be it very little indeed, so that it may continually appear that our Lord Jesus Christ is working in us and making his grace prevail by causing us always to progress in goodness. May we be so much in love with goodness that we grow more and more in it until God takes us out of this world.
for meditation: How important it is for believers to “walk the talk” of being a vital Christian. Many talk the talk but don’t walk the walk, forgetting that, as has been said, our walk talks more than our talk talks. Are you prayerfully striving every day to be salt in the earth and light on the hill by having your talk and your walk be consistent in glorifying God?