How are Christians to Behave?

There are many many answers to that question in the Bible. Here are but a few:

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

These are the first ten verses of Paul’s Letter to the Church of Ephesus, Chapter 6.

Reading it carefully and in context (as i believe ALL Scripture is to be read and understood) There are some clear lessons for those who may PROCLAIM themselves to be Christian, by which they can truly tell if their actions actually ARE those of a Christian, or merely a human hypocrite seeking ‘Holy’ Authority, but who in fact know God hardly at all.

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

Children are to obey their Parents, not in Every case, as many parents might believe it THEIR right (and not the right of God in them) BUT only when their parents are IN THE LORD! (and this is not always when THEY say they are but when they are in Truth).

That is ‘right’ for children to do – but clearly it is NOT right for Children to follow their human parents into sin and error – into a falling away from the Lord, from their God. Parents should understand this also. Humans are incapable of doing the will of God perfectly until such time as they learn how to completely overcome their own will with His, by being fully and completely IN the Spirit of Jesus Christ. Accordingly a parent can slowly over time and perhaps through generations of ‘following’ (with but small degrees of error) move further and further away from the Truth of God that our far distant ancestors might have once received.

Children are NOT to follow (obey) their Parents into committing further ‘error’; only following in the Lord. Many children have learned how to abuse someone weaker than yourself from their parent( s). Such is NOT what God commanded.

4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Those parents of children who may be strong willed and ‘unruly’ are to show them the Love and the Wrath of the Lord with those who follow Him, or who work against Him in favour of our own human selfish desires, (Nurture and admonition – ‘carrot AND stick’ – of the Lord) BUT are not to provoke the wrath of their Children at either God or the parents. ‘Putting the Fear of God’ into children does NOT mean you take God’s Place where punishment is handed out.  Exactly how we can do that when under the pressures both life and young children can place upon our all-too-human shoulders probably needs an entire book , let alone a single post. 🙂

5 Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

Those of us who ‘serve’ (do work for) another human being are to be obedient to our ‘boss’ ‘with fear and trembling’ (just as we are to be before the Lord in His Service – Phil 2:12) in singleness of our Heart, rather than just doing what is seemly in our human sight.

7 With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

We are to Love doing our service to/for others in the same way we are to love serving our God!! – and that does NOT mean so others can ‘see’ how ‘good’ we are pretending to be, but how good we actually ARE by reason of us loving what we do in service. – in ‘singleness’ of heart.

We are to not do something while feeling full of resentment for HAVING to do it, as if against our ‘will’. Rather, whatever it is we do and for whomsoever it is we do it, we are to do it out of our ( His) great love in our heart, as ALL we do is to be done to/for Him. It is actually Him and His Will that is to be working through us.

9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening:

Those of us who are in the position of being someone else’s ‘Boss’ are to do as those who are the ‘servants’ – do/show God’s Love to those who work for/serve you and not threaten them or make them fearful of YOU,  and in so doing take God’s Place as Him to whom fear and trembling is a rightful ‘offering’. As you may be a ‘master’ of some on earth, He is also your Master above you and will ensure you receive what you give out to others, without ‘favour’.

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4 thoughts on “How are Christians to Behave?

  1. Good stuff Love. And I don’t even have any points of debate, cos I agree. So : cheers and appreciation for you and the One who lives in you and who is flowing through you.

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  2. this is a very good post! when reading the history of Ephesus, and these verses, i can’t help but think of worldnews, and how much we look like the Ephesians, and really need to take this to heart. love you LOVE

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  3. These are good standards to live by for any person. It teaches us how to treat each other with respect.

    I think the biggest challenge for me is in the area of work, where I don’t agree with those in authority over me but I still need to respect them and listen to them as if working for the Lord.

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  4. Rain – Agreed. it can be so hard accepting someone else’s authority over us some times – even His. We should learn the lesson both situations place on us – the responsibility to submit our will and be humble at the same time.

    not easy for me for sure 😉

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