“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.” – Romans 12:9-13
LIGHT FOR NOW: A good student of the word doesn’t learn in parts, he learns wholesomely and patiently giving attention to details.
It’s been established that they are instructions in scriptures (overwhelming in the epistles) as touching the conduct of the believer. And thus, as students of the word, we must avoid the selective learning attitude and rather choose to learn in details. It is better not to learn at all than to be a selective learner of the scriptures because such an attitude of selective learning hinders spiritual growth. And no believer grows spiritually to a point of maximizing his realities (even in his conduct) by selective learning. For instance, it’s like studying only the first three chapters of Ephesians where Paul the apostle unveils who the believer in Christ is; he is accepted, indwelt by God’s spirit; he is blessed with all spiritual blessings, etc. But limiting your study of the book of Ephesians to only the first three chapters and thus, ignoring the remaining three chapters (chapter 4 to 6) will make you deficient of your walk as a believer having known who you are.
That’s why he stated chapter 4 verse 1 by saying “…walk worthy of your vocation…” That is, having known who you are (chapter 1 to 3), this is what you ought to do and what you ought not to do (chapter 4 to 6). In other words, the knowledge of who the believer is, influences what he does. No wonder in verse 29 to 32 of chapter 4 of Ephesians, Paul then says “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you”. So, in these verses above, Paul speaks as touching conduct. That is why in verse 30 where he talks about the Holy Spirit not being grieved by believers, it was as touching conduct in context (Let all bitterness, wealth, anger, corrupt communication, etc. be put away from you). So within the scriptures is the revelation of the lifestyle that governs the new creature. And one of this lifestyle which will be the focus of our study is the lifestyle of honour. They are overwhelming instructions in the scriptures as touching the life of honour and as we proceed in our subsequent studies, this will come to light.
INSTRUCTION: Learn to be patient when learning; don’t always be in a hurry!
PRAYER: I declare that I manifest the quality of patience as a student of your word, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: Anything studied in a hurry cannot be understood because understanding doesn’t come in a hurry.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LUKE CHAPTER 24; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2