From Thomas Watson’s All Things For Good:Â
To walk worthy of our calling is to walk wisely. Walking wisely implies three things.
1. To walk warily. “The wise man’s eyes are in his head” (Eccles. 2:14). Others watch for our halting, therefore we had need look to our standing. We must beware, not only of scandals, but of all that is unbecoming, lest thereby we open the mouth of others with a fresh cry against religion. If our piety will not convert men, our prudence may silence them.
2. To walk courteously. The spirit of the gospel is full of meekness and candour. “Be courteous” (1 Pet. 3:8). Take heed of a morose, supercilious behaviour. Religion does not take away civility, but refines it. “Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the children of Heth” (Gen. 23:7). Though they were of a heathenish race, yet Abraham gave them a civil respect. Paul the apostle was of an affable temper. “I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some” (1 Cor. 9:22). In lesser matters the apostle yielded to others, that by his obliging manner he might win upon them.
3. To walk magnanimously. Though we must be humble, yet not base. It is unworthy to prostitute ourselves to the lusts of men. What is sinfully imposed ought to be zealously opposed. Conscience is God’s diocese, where none has right to visit, but He who is the Bishop of our souls (1 Pet. 2:25). We must not be like hot iron, which may be beaten into any form. A brave spirited Christian will rather suffer, than let his conscience be violated. Here is the serpent and the dove united, sagacity and innocence. This prudential walking comports with our high calling, and does not a little adorn the gospel of Christ.