I think what Heretic said, is very insightful about ‘principles’.
You live in Jesus not through so-called principles. So-called biblical principles that the bible does not teach. Additions to scripture that are used to manipulate. So-called biblical principles are the modern fraudsters’ attempts to reinterpret Jesus words as a new form of law to control people.
Tithing is a perfect example. People such as yourself twist the scripture in knots to come up with “principles” that will get people to give you their money (although you probably just use someone else’s convenient pre-twisted doctrine to be fair). It can’t be done from scripture so you make it “tithing by faith” (I remember the discussion – how can I forget the logic). Just one example of many so-called biblical principles but oh so prevalent. I can see why you step up to the plate to support the fraudsters. It is called “moral hazard”. Completely human and appropriate moral hazard.
The passage you reference is a good one but does not talk about principles – but it does show how we should live and so answers your own question which is good.
What it does talk about is for the following purpose: “in regard to the acknowledging of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Living in acknowledgment of Father is how we live. Another verse says it again: “in all your ways acknowledge him”.
Knowing Father is eternal life. Living by man-made principles is not.
Even if the man-made principles were derived from Truth that does not make them true. Even if they were true (and the ones I have heard from the pulpit are generally not) they are still not life.
There is no law that gives life – a relationship with Father through Jesus gives life. Nothing else does.
A bunch of principles to live by is a way to remove someones life from him. That is why Paul railed against the concept so passionately.
But truly I don’t expect you to get it. It is a stumbling block and an offense.
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I believe if you put the gospel first, the Spirit will allow those ‘principles’ to flow out of you. To always focus on principles more then the gospel is gnat straining. However, this deserves another thread to be discussed about. Not here. And since it has occured to me Outcast, that you are Facelift (I’ll have to check up on that), I’ll have to get the flyspray out again.
If you feel this is not true, feel free to air your views as to why.