“So be careful how you live. Don’t live like ignorant people, but like wise people.” (Ephesians 5:15, GNB)

I love the GNB translation here.  Paul’s practical command to believers in Ephesus [along with the rest of us who are to come] is to choose to live wisely, not in ignorance.  It would seem that to live wisely, we need to “understand what the will of the Lord is” (vs. 17).  This isn’t difficult to ascertain since it is laid out clearly in the Scriptures.

Being wise then, must begin with our deep knowledge of the Scriptures because how are we to act wisely and not be ignorant if we do not know what the will of the Lord is?

The Orthodox Study Bible commenting on Eph 5.8-10 weighs in on how we gain wisdom: “We must judge what the world says is reasonable on the basis of what God says is true.”  We will be wise and not ignorant when we interact with the world, not on the basis of what the world says is reasonable, but on the basis of what God says is true.

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