1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savor.
8 For ye were sometime darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light;
9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
When we accept Christ as our savior, we are accepting God's love for us through the gift of salvation through His Son. Jesus loved us so much that He lived the perfect life we could never live. And He died the death we deserve. But being without sin, God counted His death as so valuable that it paid the price for all men's sins, past, present, and future.
Now we are His adopted children. We are to live always conscious of His love for us as shown on the cross, but also in His continuing and constant care for us now. We are to show this awareness by thinking of ourselves as light in the Lord, walking in the light, and being a light ourselves that others may see and be drawn to. And what are they drawn to? The inner peace, and love, and joy that we show by what we do and say. The fruit of the spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth.
These virtues seem rare in this day and age. Finding someone that always tells the truth almost always seems to be difficult. Politics would be an obvious example of a place where the things people really believe seem to change according to what the polls say, or what they think people want to hear. We are to be different – if we have any friends that will tell us the truth, even about ourselves, we are truly blessed. If we can be a friend like that, then we are a blessing to others.
Jesus and His constant love for us continues to give us strength and courage to face whatever comes in our path. Spend time with Him in His Word that we may grow and mature in faith, and trust in Him. Everything in the Gospel of John is beneficial and inspiring. We must redeem the time because the days are evil, and harmful influences seem to be gathering all around.
Walking in the Spirit includes: direction (growth toward the likeness of Christ); motion (exercising the Holy Spirit's power within you); dependance (a reliance on God by increasing communion in prayer). Galatians 6:9 – 'He who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap eternal life.'
This article was written by my father T.O.D. Johnston, who was licensed to preach the Gospel by Paran Baptist Church in Lake City, SC, on May 26, 1979. He has been a student of Scripture since 1972. Be sure to visit the author's full list of Bible Study Lessons by book for all of his free lessons.