Follow His Ways…[Be – Part 1]

follow the lightIn addition to the things we must abstain from, avoid, ask, and awake to; there are also ways in which we are to be. Let us look at the first ten ways we are instructed to be:

We are to be…

…Exceeding glad…

“REJOICE AND BE EXCEEDING GLAD: FOR GREAT IS YOUR REWARD IN HEAVEN: FOR SO PERSECUTED THEY THE PROPHETS WHICH WERE BEFORE YOU.” (Matthew 5:12)

…Reconciled to a brother…

“LEAVE THERE THY GIFT BEFORE THE ALTAR, AND GO THY WAY; FIRST BE RECONCILED TO THEY BROTHER, AND THEN COME AND OFFER THY GIFT.” (Matthew 5:24)

…Perfect…

“BE YE THEREFORE PERFECT, EVEN AS YOUR FATHER WHICH IS IN HEAVEN IS PERFECT.” (Matthew 5:48)

“FINALLY, BRETHREN, FAREWELL. BE PERFECT, BE OF GOOD COMFORT, BE OF ONE MIND, LIVE IN PEACE; AND THE GOD OF LOVE AND PEACE SHALL BE WITH YOU.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)

…Wise as serpents…

“BEHOLD, I SEND YOU FORTH AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF *WOLVES: BE YE THEREFORE WISE AS SERPENTS, AND HARMLESS AS **DOVES.” (Matthew 10:16)

*Wolves represent greedy rulers, hypocrites, and false prophets.
**Doves never provoke enmity (hostility)

…Harmless as doves…

“BEHOLD, I SEND YOU FORTH AS SHEEP IN THE MIDST OF WOLVES: BE YE THEREFORE WISE AS SERPENTS, AND HARMLESS AS DOVES.” (Matthew 10:16)

…Ready for Christ’s coming…

“THEREFORE BE YE ALSO READY: FOR IN SUCH AN HOUR AS YE THINK NOT THE SON OF MAN COMETH.” (Matthew 24:44)

“BE YE THEREFORE READY ALSO FOR THE SON OF MAN COMETH AT AN HOUR WHEN YE THINK NOT.” (Luke 12:40)

…Content with your wages…

“AND THE SOLDIERS LIKEWISE DEMANDED OF HIM, SAYING, AND WHAT SHALL WE DO? AND HE SAID UNTO THEM, DO VIOLENCE TO NO MAN, NEITHER ACCUSE ANY FALSELY; AND BE CONTENT WITH YOUR WAGES.” (Luke 3:14)

…Merciful as God…

“BE YE THEREFORE MERCIFUL, AS YOUR FATHER ALSO IS MERCIFUL.” (Luke 6:36)

…Like faithful servants…

“AND YE YOURSELVES LIKE UNTO MEN THAT WAIT FOR THEIR LORD, WHEN HE WILL RETURN FROM THE WEDDING; THAT WHEN HE COMETH AND KNOCKETH, THEY MAY OPEN UNTO HIM IMMEDIATELY.” (Luke 12:36)

…Thankful…

“AND LET THE PEACE  OF GOD RULE IN YOUR HEARTS, TO THE WHICH ALSO YE ARE CALLED IN ONE BODY; AND BE YE THANKFUL.” (Colossians 3:15)

These ways have been collected from God’s Word by Finis Jennings Dake
Dake, F.J.(2011).Dake’s annotated reference bible.Lawrenceville, GA: Dake Publishing, Inc.
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