Today’s Devotion speaks of “Walking In The Light.”
Galatians 5:22-23 “But when the Holy Spirit controls; our lives will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; and here there is no conflict with the Jewish laws.”
God’s living Word reminds us that the real fruits of the Spirit are not works, but defining characteristics of one within whom the Holy Spirit not only resides but also is in true relationship with. The Spirit will only express the life of Christ through us in proportion to our surrender to Him. Many people attempt to substitute works and service for the Spirit-filled life. When we do this, we lower the fruit=standard to the work-standard. The fruit of someone’s life, not his works, is, what tells us about that person’s spiritual condition.
Ephesians 5:1-17 Walking in the Light.
Have you ever lost power to your home in the middle of the night? If so, then you know how it feels to try making your way in the dark to look for a flashlight. Just when you think you are going the right way, you suddenly hit the wall! This compares to our “old life” and what it was like before we met the Light of the World. We didn’t even know what real “Light” was and had become comfortable in the darkness. It kept us from seeing how sinful we truly were.
When we finally believed in the gospel, repented of our sins and confessed Jesus as our Lord and Savior; an awesome transition took place! We were rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred to the Kingdom of Light. And now, Jesus Christ, the Light of the World has come to dwell within us (Col. 1:13, Eph. 3:17).
So how are the followers of Jesus supposed to live? Today’s passage outlines three basic responsibilities:
1. Walk In Love (Eph. 5:1-2). As the Savior sacrificially loved us, so are we to love others. If we are at odds with our brothers and sisters in Christ, then we can’t claim to be walking in the Light (1 John1:7).
2. Abstain from sin (Eph. 5:3-7). Believers are not sinless, but they don’t habitually practice deeds of darkness.
3. Learn what pleases God (Eph. 5:8-17). The fruit of the Light is goodness, righteousness, and truth. These are deployed in our character, conversation, and conduct when we are living out our faith.
Let’s make it our goal to move much closer to the Light, letting Jesus expose and remove any areas of darkness so that we reflect in His glory and goodness.
Closing Prayer: Our Father who art in Heaven, hollowed be thy name. Please help each of us truly come to understand and embrace the spirit-filled life thou has made available to us all. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior, we pray. In Jesus name; Amen!