Don’t Forget to Walk Worthy of Christ

It is easy these days to respond to all the hot-button issues. There is a lot of it going on. To be sure, we need to know how to say what to whom. However I have seen a casualty with the polemic of the day (not that it is unnecessary, it is). That casualty is the worthy walk of the Lord that Christ has called us to perform on a daily basis. This is what the Lord Jesus said about that:

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

Matthew 23:23

Performing polemical ministry is essential because discernment is a gift of the Holy Spirit, and it seems to have fallen out of use these days. Guys that do polemics are often tarred because they see the truth that nice people are either afraid of or don’t want to see and are honest enough in character to speak about it. We should listen to these guys. Just don’t forget to moderate your own emotions, because self-control is also a part of the fruit of the Holy Spirit in your life, and walking in self-control and love, joy, peace, and patience are part of that worthy walk. Taking potshots at brothers that are trying to help in clever articles (like come out of The Gospel Coalition (which my discerning tells me has nothing to do with the Gospel anymore)) is not walking in that agape love that Paul and others talk about all over the New Testament.

Walk in a worthy manner, Beloved.

Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

Ephesians 4:1-3

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