12th December 2016

Behavior Checklist

Behavior Checklist

 

Philippians 2:14-15Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.

 

The Holy Spirit makes sure that we do not take lightly the obligation to live godly lives. This “list” contains both warnings and promises.

 

Everything is to be done without complainingandarguing”.Both words are very interesting synonyms of heart attitudes that produce ungodly behavior. The Greek word translated “complain” is goggusmos, and it is almost an onomatopoeia (sounds like what it actually is)–a secret debate, muttering to oneself. The “ argue” (Greek dialogismos) suggests a logical debate with oneself.

 

We are commanded to excise that kind of behavior from ourselves so that we may well be blameless and harmless Children of God,” living clean, innocent lives. These words are powerful in their description of God’s expectations for us.

 

The blameless condition is first an eternal promise that comes with salvation:

Paul says i:

1 Thessalonians 3:13May he, as a result, make your hearts strong, blameless, and holy as you stand before God our Father when our Lord Jesus comes again with all his holy people.. That condition “as a result” in this life as a faultless reputation that is harmless.

Paul uses the term this way in:

Romans 16:19”But everyone knows that you are obedient to the Lord. This makes me very happy. I want you to be wise in doing right and to stay innocent of any wrong.

 

Finally, if we eliminate “complainingandarguing from our inner thoughts and actively seek to be clean and innocentwith our external behavior, we will be

living peaceful lives in the middle of this sadly sinful world

 

2 Peter 3:14.And so, dear friends, while you are waiting for these things to happen, make every effort to be found living peaceful lives that are pure and blameless in his sight.

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