Summary: Today we continue our study in our daily behavior in the world. Let us look to God’s word for His direction.
How should we behave in this world…Part 2
…by living above reproach …
…by living at peace …
…by giving no place for revenge …
Again, we as “true” believers have a call to live a balanced life…to be “in the world, but not of the world”.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. John 15:19
I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:14-16
When the wife of missionary Adoniram Judson told him that a newspaper article likened him to some of the apostles, Judson replied, "I do not want to be like a Paul...or any mere man. I want to be like Christ...I want to follow Him only, copy His teachings, drink in His Spirit, and place my feet in His footprints...Oh, to be more like Christ!" Source Unknown.
I pray this is your heartfelt desire today and every day.
Last week we looked at our Showing Christ…
by blessing those who persecute us…
in our interactions…
Show Christ by living above reproach (v.17).
Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. Romans 12:17
We should live above reproach in the sight of all.
We are not to react; by returning evil for evil.
We do not react because…
Reaction would most likely end the friendship and all hope of reaching the person for Jesus Christ.
Reaction is not the way of God or of Christ.
“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also....That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:39, 45).
“Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9).
“See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men” (1 Thes. 5:15).
“Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: I am the LORD” (Leviticus 19:18).
“Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee” (Proverbs 20:22).
“Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work” (Proverbs 24:29).
We are called to show good behavior in the sight of all.
We need think before we act.
We need do what is right and expected of a “Child of Christ”.
Why do this you might ask? Scripture answers…
“…So that our honest and noble response is seen by men.”
We are to love by turning the other cheek in “the sight of all.” In doing so God’s love will be seen.