TEXT: Ephesians 5:17: "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is."
Patrick Henry said, "I have now disposed of all my property to my family. There is one thing more I wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion."
Leonard Ravenhill said, "Satan fools and feigns, blows and bluffs, and we so often take his threats to heart and forget the 'exceeding greatness of God's power to us.'"
Paul summarizes all that he has said about not living in darkness and walking in the light with this verse: "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is." The word "wherefore" takes into consideration all that has been previously written.
Considering the risk of judgment -- of realizing that we might not be truly saved because of our sinful lifestyle -- it would be wise for us not to be unwise. We should take heed to all that Paul has warned us about -- the sins we ought to avoid and the good things we should be doing as children of light in our homes, churches, and communities. Only an unwise person would hear and read the severe warnings contained in this chapter and continue on his sinful way.
What we ought to be striving to do is "understand what the will of the Lord is." Some Christians are ignorant of the will of God because they do not pray and they do not spend time in the word of God. They are not sure what to do or say as children of the light because they have not taken the time to learn.
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