Proverbs 12 & Ephesians 5

Proverbs 12

    Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge,
        but he who hates reproof is stupid.
    A good man obtains favor from the LORD,
        but a man of evil devices he condemns.
    No one is established by wickedness,
        but the root of the righteous will never be moved.
    An excellent wife is the crown of her husband,
        but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
    The thoughts of the righteous are just;
        the counsels of the wicked are deceitful.
    The words of the wicked lie in wait for blood,
        but the mouth of the upright delivers them.
    The wicked are overthrown and are no more,
        but the house of the righteous will stand.
    A man is commended according to his good sense,
        but one of twisted mind is despised.
    Better to be lowly and have a servant
        than to play the great man and lack bread.
    Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast,
        but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
    Whoever works his land will have plenty of bread,
        but he who follows worthless pursuits lacks sense.
    Whoever is wicked covets the spoil of evildoers,
        but the root of the righteous bears fruit.
    An evil man is ensnared by the transgression of his lips,
        but the righteous escapes from trouble.
    From the fruit of his mouth a man is satisfied with good,
        and the work of a man's hand comes back to him.
    The way of a fool is right in his own eyes,
        but a wise man listens to advice.
    The vexation of a fool is known at once,
        but the prudent ignores an insult.
    Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence,
        but a false witness utters deceit.
    There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts,
        but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
    Truthful lips endure forever,
        but a lying tongue is but for a moment.
    Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,
        but those who plan peace have joy.
    No ill befalls the righteous,
        but the wicked are filled with trouble.
    Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,
        but those who act faithfully are his delight.
    A prudent man conceals knowledge,
        but the heart of fools proclaims folly.
    The hand of the diligent will rule,
        while the slothful will be put to forced labor.
    Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
        but a good word makes him glad.
    One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor,
        but the way of the wicked leads them astray.
    Whoever is slothful will not roast his game,
        but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
    In the path of righteousness is life,
        and in its pathway there is no death.

(Proverbs 12 ESV)

Ephesians 5

    Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

    But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

    “Awake, O sleeper,
        and arise from the dead,
    and Christ will shine on you.”
        Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

    Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands.

    Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

(Ephesians 5 ESV)

Ephesians 5: As those who have been freely forgiven by the grace of God through the work of Christ and as those who have put on the new self empowered by the Holy Spirit dwelling within, we ought to been seen by the world as a new creation created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. The Christian life is a life of trusting our Lord, imitating His holiness, walking in love, giving thanks for all things and trying to discern what is pleasing to God. The Christian’s life ought to be clearly visible as a different kind of life and ought to always stand in stark contrast with the life of the average man. 

Other than your worldview and what you believe, how would anyone around you even notice that you are a new kind of man who belongs to a new kind of Kingdom in service to a Savior-King and empowered by the Holy Spirit? Does your life give anyone any reason to believe this is true about you?

As the light of the world, we ought to never find our lives overwhelmed by the darkness of this world, but rather the darkness of this world ought to be our opportunity to shine even brighter. The Christian life gives men a higher power and a higher purpose so we ought to be living our lives for more than what this world has to offer. May we walk with watchfulness and wisdom and use our time purposefully to serve the world around us out of reverence for our Lord and King.