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Home The Light Articles from 2009 Walk Circumspectly Part 2

Walk Circumspectly Part 2

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Looking again at Ephesians 5:15-16, the passage reads, "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil." We studied one major facet of this last issue in our editorial with the application to leader­ship in our congregations. To profit from Paul's admonition, we must re­member that the meaning of walking circumspectly is for us to look around on all sides as we walk through this life, paying attention to what is going on around us. We are to be watchful, cautious, and wary in order to avoid the dangers of sin. As stated last issue, by walking circumspectly, we can dis­cern dangerous situations before beginning entangled in them. The parable of the seed and the sower is applicable. "And these are they which are sown among the thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful" (Mark4:18-19). Only by paying attention to the cir­cumstances around us can we avoid these entangling vines.
We have been given the light to show us the way. "...now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light..." (Ephesians 5:8). "But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light" (Ephesians 5:13-14).
Paul tells us that we have been given the light to lighten our path. We have been given the light to show us good and evil. "Wherefore," he says, "be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (verse 17). Given light and understanding, we are to be truthful, careful of our conduct, and walk by the rule of God. We are to watch where we are going.
The unwise (fools) are indulgent in foolish and hurtful things. The wise perceive evil and avoid it. The unwise do not discern evil nor pick out the best way to walk until they are knee-deep in trouble. They do not think about where they are going along the pathway of life. The wise walk circum­spectly, with great care, caution, heedfulness, and circumspection. The un­wise (foolish) are careless, loose, inat­tentive, and unobservant.
Hence, we are told to be wise and walk circumspectly. We are to look for the subtle temptations and sinful snares that Satan sets before us. We are to avoid them. Contrariwise, we are to "seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth" (Colossians 3:1-2). By walking circumspectly, we can see the correct path to follow.
In addition to the individual circum­spection that is clearly taught by Ephesians 5:15, we also recognize the need to walk circumspectly in other aspects of our lives. As fathers, mothers, hus­bands, and wives, we each have the responsibility to walk circumspectly looking for dangers against our fami­lies and children. As adult Christians, we have been given the responsibility to look out for the temptations, snares, and traps that Satan will cast in their way. In each role, we are charged to be guardians of the family. It is a very hard situation to be forced to admit that someone has been snared by Satan because we failed to look out for that young person's interests. Brethren, if you would be wise, walk circumspectly.-PO Box841, Princeton, TX 75407
 

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