12/07/18 Walk Differently

READING: Ephesians 5-6, Titus 1-3

“Walk in love.”

Ephesians 5:2

The gospel changes the way we live. Our thoughts, our motives, our actions, our dreams, our goals – everything changes when the gospel intersects our lives. Darkness becomes light. Hatred becomes love. Anger becomes forgiveness. Prejudice becomes unity. Greed becomes giving. Death becomes life.

Nothing stays the same. So, we must walk differently as believers.

That’s what Paul expected of his readers in the area of Ephesus, too, as evidenced in these texts:

  • “. . . walk in love, as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us” (Eph. 5:2
  • “Live as children of light” (Eph. 5:8)
  • “Pay careful attention, then, to how you live—not as unwise people but as wise. . .” (Eph. 5:15)

As Christ-followers, we offer love that the world cannot understand. We even love our enemies, offering them grace even when they offer only evil. We walk away from the darkness of our previous life, choosing instead to exhibit “goodness, righteousness, and truth” (Eph. 5:9). We then see time as the gift of God, and we choose to use it wisely. In no case do we want to leave open any door for the devil. Filled with the Spirit of God, we instead imitate Him (Eph. 5:1) and love the Lord Jesus Christ with an “undying love” (Eph. 6:24).

Redeemed sinners love God and follow Him – that’s what the gospel does.


  • Be wise in how you live today. Don’t waste your life.
  • Imitate God in all you do. That’s a high calling—but God enables us through His Spirit.

PRAYER: “God, thank You for the peace and love You give us. Help me to walk well as Your child.”

TOMORROW’S READING:  1 Timothy 1-6