Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.
Christians are to “walk properly.” This does not describe the gait of Christians; it describes their conduct. Christians are to be characterized by “good conduct” (James 3:13). In this verse, Paul gives examples of things that are incompatible with proper Christian conduct:
- Revelry: A description of wild partying that often happens at night and includes other improper behavior.
- Drunkenness: Intoxication by alcohol. There is never a time a Christian should drink to the point of being drunk (or even near drunk).
- Lewdness: Lack of restraint in controlling one’s desires (often sexual).
- Lust: Unrestrained sexual desire.
- Strife: Being in a constant state of contention and argument with others.
- Envy: Fierceness and rivalry driven by a desire for what others have.
To learn more about the proper conduct expected of a Christian, read “What Is a Christian?”