Walk in Love and Light

Jun 12, 2024 | Encouragement, God's Love

“1 Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.
And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us,
a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
8 For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.
Walk as children of light.”
Ephesians 5:1 and 8

 

This morning I purposed to bike around the block at 5:50 A.M.

It is a habit I aim to stick to.

As I pedaled, the sun was rising. It was cool but beautiful, oh so beautiful at this time of day.

What struck me most was the contrast when the sun shone upon the cornfield and wheat fields and when it got hidden by trees in places. It was glorious to be biking in the light.

As I moved into doing my daily Bible reading, I came upon Ephesians 5:8. Isn’t that how God works? He seems to bring lessons to “light.” It reminded me of how we walk in the dark sometimes, oblivious to God’s light on our pathway. We can block out the light when we don’t follow God’s ways.

When we continuously choose to walk in the dark without God’s guidance, our pathways become darkened. If instead we become obedient to God’s ways and example, we walk in the light. Light is good, it lifts the spirits; it brings hope. Anything done in darkness will one day get exposed and we will have to answer to God for.

We take comfort knowing as we desire to walk in love and Christ’s light, we can lean upon God to help us live in love and light. As we ask for God’s help, He makes it possible for us to live obedient lives. We will never be perfect or as holy as Christ, our example, but with God’s grace helping us, that is our goal, our role model.

In Ephesians 5:1, we read, “Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children.” As beloved children we imitate our perfect Father. And isn’t it wonderful to have a “perfect Father” who is worthy of imitating?” If you are like me, your children are quick to point out your deficiencies. Don’t we all have shortcomings? It just makes sense then to keep our eyes on Jesus, the perfect one. I don’t think I appreciated my parents fully until they were in heaven. Now I get it. None of us is perfect except our Jesus, who gave Himself up for us.

We are to imitate Jesus. How often do we “give ourselves up” for someone? Do we put ourselves second? We know if we are following God’s mandate, we will do so, automatically putting others ahead of ourselves, being selfless, not selfish. OUCH. Yes, it means giving and giving and giving. Regardless of a return on our investment, we are to give.

The light shone down brilliantly as I pedaled to the end of my morning bike ride. It was like God’s light was encouraging me to keep up the good work. It seems as we follow God’s pathway, for our lives, we too will bask in His light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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