Daily Devotion, 5-7-2020

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Walking in Love
Reading: Ephesians 5:1-20

As Spring comes, I am reminded of the first Spring I spent with my husband (before he was my husband). We went down to the Tidal Basin in Washington DC and walked around looking at the Cherry Blossoms. I was definitely “walking in love.” We both were doing whatever it took to please one another as we continued to get to know each other better. Over the years, I have truly learned what it means to walk together in love.

The truth is that the entire body of believers is called to walk together in love by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians 5. We are called to walk as Christ walked, offering himself sacrificially and being a pleasing aroma to God. What does it mean to “smell good” to God? Paul goes on to explain that it includes putting aside a whole list of sinful, “stinky” behavior (verses 3-7) that distances us from the kingdom of Christ and God. We need to disassociate from these behaviors.

Rather we are to walk in the light which means to bear fruit that is goodness, righteousness, and truth. In other words, we must turn away from any darkness. Paul encourages us to walk wisely by seeking to understand God’s will, being filled with the Spirit, and praising the Lord in the way we speak, fellowship and worship with one another. He concludes by encouraging the Ephesians to give thanks always for all things to God the Father.

In my marriage and in other relationships, I have learned that walking together in love is not always a nice walk around the basin looking at cherry blossoms (although that is a really, wonderful memory). In all Christian relationships, we are to hold one another accountable in Christian love so that we distance ourselves from the “stinky” behaviors that set us back spiritually. We can then walk wisely with one another by studying God’s Word, fellowshipping, serving and worshipping together, side by side.

Dear God, thank you for the many people you place in our lives through the many relationships you have given each one of us. Help us to be wise in the way we walk, to walk in love so that we might be a beacon of light for those who have yet to realize the wonder of your love and the peace that comes from being in relationship with you as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

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