Hello and welcome to spiritual once more.
The previous week we spoke about the meaning of uprightness and why God wants us to walk upright. If you didn’t get the post, you can refer to it here. You can also refer to last week’s post regarding living at peace with everyone here.
Today, we’ll explore into the portions we left hanging about uprightness. How can one walk uprightly? Let’s tackle this, in two sections: in personal life and in one’s calling.
Uprightness in personal life.
At least, all of us find ourselves in only one life stage at any given time. These stages include: childhood, youth, marriage and old age. So, let’s pick and talk about maintaining uprightness in each stage.
1. How can children walk upright?
A child is anyone who needs both the moral and physical guidance and help of an older person (parent or guardian) to survive.
For a child to be upright, they must obey their parents in the Lord (whereby saying ‘in the Lord’ means as required by the Lord), just as it is written in the book of Ephesians.
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.Ephesians 6:1
This means children should be submissive and allow their parents or guardians to direct all the things they do in their personal lives, between them and other family members, between them and their neighbours or clanspeople, between them and people at their places of worship and between them and people in places in the vast world such as school, playgrounds and tours.
A child who does not obey their elders is considered indisciplined and not upright before God. But lest parent and guardians take advantage of this, they are also warned in the same manner not to anger their children.
And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.Ephesians 6:4
An upright child should also, with the help of their guardians’ trainings as seen above, protect themselves from the things that spoil the lives of children, namely: evil predilections, thoughts, desires, characters and deeds.
It is by his deeds that a lad distinguishes himself if his conduct is pure and right.Proverbs 20:11
2. How can a young person (youth) walk upright.
A youth, according to my understanding, is anyone beyond childhood but not yet married. The Bible is clear about how a young person should practise uprightness. It says, they should set good examples to (of) their fellow youth in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.1 Timothy 4:12
To achieve these five measures of uprightness, there are at least three things that a young person should do.
a) Shurn all forms of sexual immorality/ lascivious acts (1 Corinthians 6:9). These are sexual acts that are profane or against norm. These include fornication, adultery, sodomy, bestiality, masturbation e.t.c. God is against these acts because they spoil not only the mind but aslo the body.
Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a man can commit is outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.1 Corinthians 6:18
b) Avoid bad company. A bad company is a group of individuals, regardless of thier agesets, with evil motives, desires and deeds. They are the root of bad characters among the youth (1 Corinthians 15:33). They are the chief instigators of violence too. The youth should form part of good companies whose aims include propagating the gospel of peace and love and doing any fruitful activities that help with physical and spiritual growth.
c) Be hardworking.
Prov.12:24 says: “Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.”
Hard work keeps a youth from two things: idling (an idle mind is the devil’s workshop) and theft which is a result of lacking personal needs. It is also from hard work that a youth can obtain any material gain to give to the needy.
How can a young person achieve these three goals?
There are at least five things within the control of a young person that if they do, can make them achieve these three goals, and ultimately the measures of walking upright. Here they are:
I. Protecting the eyes from seeing evil things such as porns and other obscene clips. The eye is the window to the soul and, thus, the source of evil predilections, desires and thoughts.
II. Protecting the mouth from saying evil things that can promote violence and prompt sexual immorality, and instead using it to spread love, peace and faith.
III. Protecting the ears from hearing or listening to destructive sounds such as erotic and vile music and conversations that only promote lasciviousness, hatred and violence.
IV. Protecting the hands from touching evil things, including stolen objects and all ungodly items.
V. Protecting the legs from moving to evil places such as brothels, drinking sprees and sorcerer’s domiciles.
Thanks for reading through till the end. Next time, if God allows, we shall tackle how a married person can walk uprightly before God.