Spring Week of Prayer: Day 3

Gospel Boots

"… and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace." Ephesians 6:15
 
The lyrics in O Church Arise, celebrate the tension of our warfare by proclaiming, “Our call to war, to love the captive soul, but to rage against the captor”.  The picture of a holy war pairs with a declaration of peace.  Our readiness to spiritual warfare is founded in the announcement of grace from Heaven (Isaiah 52:7).  In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus Christ announces the time of Jubilee to His Spouse.  The deaf hear.  The blind see.  The lame skip.  The downtrodden feast.  The lepers worship.  The humble dance.  The sin-stained celebrate.  The dead rise.

As ambassadors of reconciliation, we are to war against all that opposes the kingdom of love and light.  The sixth commandment, You shall not murder (Ex 20:13) expounded in the Westminster Larger Catechism gives us practical ways to put on gospel boots.

Q. 135. What does the sixth commandment require?
A. The sixth commandment requires us to do our best to make every lawful effort to preserve our own life and the lives of others. We do this by not thinking about or planning, by controlling our emotions, and by avoiding all opportunities, temptations, or actions that would promote or lead to the unjust taking of someone’s life. In the pursuit of that goal, we must defend others from violence, patiently endure the afflictions from God’s hand, have a quiet mind and a cheerful spirit, practice temperance in the way we eat, drink, take medications, sleep, work, and play. We should also harbor charitable thoughts, love, compassion, meekness, gentleness, and kindness. Our speech and behavior should be peaceful, mild, and courteous. We should be tolerant of others, be ready to be reconciled, patiently put up with and forgive injuries against us, and return good for evil. Finally, we should provide aid and comfort to those in distress as well as protect and defend the innocent.

May our reign of the True God establish you in peace as you speak words of candid mercy.
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