Children of the DayPublished Jun 18, 2018 | Women Mentoring Women, Terri Jenkin
Act like who you are in Christ! First Thessalonians 5:5 tells us we are children of the day: For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness.
Paul in verses 6-23 tells us to act accordingly:
...let us watch [for the coming of Christ] and be sober [refraining from carnal indulgences]. Also, serve and minister to one another—Wherefore comfort yourselves together and edify one another.
We are to love and honor those who spiritually instruct us, not because of their personality, but because of their divine assignment: respect those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you; and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.
Our behavior and words should be drawing the unsaved to Christ and the saved to a closer relationship with Him. Be at peace among yourselves. ...Warn them that are unruly [disorderly], comfort the feebleminded [fainthearted], support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
For our own spiritual development, we are to Rejoice always, pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks. Thanking God for all things will contribute to a continuous joy in our life even when things are “humanly speaking” not good.
In order to quench not the Spirit, we must be in the Word of God which will ignite the Spirit within us. I enjoy reading commentaries or other study books and am reminded that I must always test what man says with the truth of God’s Word—Despise not prophesyings, but prove [test] all things; and then hold fast that which is good [true].
And finally reject evil: abstain from all appearance of evil.
God tells us who we are and how we are to act. Be challenged but also encouraged—Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it (vs 24). He will enable us according to His promises and present us blameless before the throne of God.