HOW YE OUGHT TO WALK
By Robert E. Hanna
Scripture Reading: I Thessalonians 4: 1
In our daily walk as saints of God, we are urged to always perform over and above normal expectations. Paul refers to "the exceeding greatness of [God's] power" (Ephesians 1:19), "the exceeding riches of His grace" (Ephesians 2:7), .etc, He writes, in verse 14 of I Timothy 1, "The grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." God's limitless love and grace toward us deserve no less than our maximum endeavor to serve and glorify Him to the uttermost. We are thus exhorted by the apostle Paul, as written to the Thessalonian church, "We beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more." Having been properly instructed by Paul and his companions, the Thessalonians are admonished to live and act accordingly.
The enormity of God's boundless mercy and grace has bestowed a treasure beyond comprehension. Through the death, burial and resurrection of His beloved Son, He has provided the only possible redemption from eternal damnation and torture in the fiery pit. It would be utterly beyond our capacity to return in kind the indescribable measure of kindness that we have received through the finished work of the cross. The only course open to us, then, is to exercise our maximum effort in the attempt to approach as closely as possible the level of gratitude commensurate with our gift from above. "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift" (II Corinthians 9:15).
Our primary concern is aptly defined by our apostle. "Giving thanks unto the Father ... Who hath delivered us (Colossians 1:12, 13).
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