26th August 2020

Best Practice 

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV)

‘Best Practice’ is the standard with which manufacturing companies, public services and the consumer industry are expected by government to comply.  The concept ‘is a method or technique that has been generally accepted as superior to any alternatives because it produces results that are superior to those achieved by other means or because it has become a standard way of doing things, e.g., a standard way of complying with legal or ethical requirements.’ 

Although initially a methodology that causes inconvenience and cost, those who follow it ruefully admit it has raised standards in every field in which it has been applied.  As a consumer we could easily take this for granted – but without it we would not experience the quality of life we enjoy every day.

The apostle Paul describes a spiritual ‘best practice,’ he called it ‘a more excellent way’ in 1 Corinthians 12:31. “Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. And yet I will show you the most excellent way.” The context is that the love which comes from God is the more excellent way.  No matter what trials we face, no matter how far we become caught up in spiritual drift, God (Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit) – whose very name is love – holds out for us.

We are loved by God; He knows us inside out. We are God’s children, so let’s imitate Him. In Ephesians 5:1-2, we are encouraged to follow God’s example: “therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” By loving our neighbour, we show our very ‘best practice’ – this most excellent way!

Prayer
Father God, thank you for your infinite and unconditional love. Help us by the mighty power of your Spirit to show to others this most ‘excellent way.’
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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About the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of Grace Communion International, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: watford@gracecom.church

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