Caitlyn M. loves the Lord and strives to live for Him. She hopes to encourage and challenge others to live for the Lord through her daily life and writing. She likes writing, reading, making crafts, hand-lettering, and playing her guitar and ukulele. You can check out more of her writing at her blog, Salt and Light.
I love Ephesians chapter five, because it is a great reminder of how we should be walking, and it helps us aline our lives with God’s Truth. Today I want to dive into the topics Paul covered in verses 1-21 – walking in love, light, and wisdom. Let’s go!
Ephesians 5:1-21 (ESV)
Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. 4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. 5 For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not become partners with them; 8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.
-Ephesians 5:1-21 (ESV)
Imitate Christ by Walking in Love
Paul starts off by telling us to imitate Christ, as His dear children, and to walk in love. Christ gave His very life for us when He could have backed out and left us helpless. He loved us so that we can love others. Walking in love is knowing this Truth, and sharing it with others, in love and humility.
Paul goes on to say that we shouldn’t even name unclean things (foolish talking, joking, etc) or participate in them, and he warns us to not partake with those who are living in sin. It’s very important to be on guard and KNOW God’s Word so that we aren’t swayed by the lies this world feeds us.
Keep this in mind, though: this does not mean we cannot be friends with and love on the lost, but we must not behave and do as they do. God wants us to reach out to others, but not to live like the world.
Another aspect of walking in love is using our words to thank God, and not for foolish talk. As it says in James 3, our tongue is like a fire when we use it unwisely. Our words have power and it’s important to evaluate how we are using them.
Walk in The Light by Living a Holy and Pure Life
Then the passage goes on to talk about walking in the light. As I pondered about this, I came up with the question: we are redeemed, will we live like it?
Walking in the light means we know what pleases God, and what doesn’t, and choosing to live as He wants us to. How exactly do we know what honors God? By reading and knowing His Word. As we study our Bibles, from Genesis to Revelation, we receive His instruction and guidance on how to live our lives. His Word is a lamp to our feet (Psalm 119:115) and it (and Him) are our guides.
Living a life for God looks so different from this world, and that can frighten us. However, it’s so freeing to walk in the light, and that is what the Christian life is all about! We need to strive to live holy and pure lives and honor the Lord first, not humans. I know that I want to be at peace when everything I’ve done comes to light one day, and not afraid.
Walk in Wisdom
Lastly, Paul talks about walking in wisdom. He tells us to watch how we walk – a key point here. Imagine someone walking across the street, but they forgot to look twice before crossing. They could easily be hit by a car! This is why it’s so important to watch how we are walking and if we are using our lives and our time wisely for God.
Walking in wisdom means we ask the Lord to search our hearts, and show us any areas where we aren’t honoring Him with our time, actions, and words. It can be so easy to fall into the trap of living for temporary things, so it’s very important to think about and evaluate how we spend our time and line up our lives with Scripture.
He ends this part of the passage by encouraging us to be filled with the Spirit and thanking God always. What a great reminder to have the right attitude in all seasons of life! It’s important to always strive to have a positive attitude and thank God, despite what our lives might look like. It allows us to see things through a new and greater perspective.
I hope this post has been an encouragement to you to evaluate how you are walking and to live for Yahweh alone. Be blessed!