For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—
as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
1 Peter 2:15-16 (NKJV)
We hear a lot of talk about “if it’s God’s will.” And a lot of questions about knowing the will of God. This is one place where His will is spelled out clearly. There are others, and we will examine them in the coming weeks.
By doing good, we are to silence the ignorance of the foolish. Our actions, not our words, are the ammunition we must use in the war on ignorance. People must see something different in us from what they see in the rest of the world.
Those who don’t know Christ are watching. They see how we treat the merchants we frequent, how we relate to strangers as well as friends, how we conduct our daily business, how we react to adversity, how we bear up under tragedy, how we accept praise, how we keep on keeping on even when no one notices or commends us.
When our behavior is above reproach, we reflect the righteousness of God for all to see. When our actions mirror God’s love for his prodigal world, others cannot help seeing a glimpse of God’s love. When we do right, even when we have been wronged, they see a reflection of God’s principles.
We are not to use our freedom in the Lord to cover up sinful choices. Power-hunger, licentiousness, greed, malice are thoughts that attempt to invade our minds from time to time. We are to give them no place, no foothold in our thinking. Unforgiveness, wrath, anger, impatience are all attributes we relegate to the ash can.
All our thoughts and actions must stem from obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Listening to Him, we can walk closely in the will of God.
Help us to hear Your voice through the din of the world. Grant us the grace to reflect only you in our daily dealings with others. Make us quick to see and to respond to the needs of our neighbors, that they may see only a reflection of You in all we say or do.
In Jesus’ most precious name,