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Summary: Why is it so important that we "Walking In Love, Light, And Wisdom"? As indicated in Ep 5:1, we are to be "followers of God as dear children"; and just as God is "love, light, and wisdom" personified, so we should try to imitate our Father!

Walk as Love, Light, And Wise

Ephesians 5:1-21 (quickview) 

INTRODUCTION

1. We are now entering chapter five, we have looked at how to "walk

worthy of the calling with which you were called"

2. Now we are going to learn about our "walk" (or

conduct) which is love, light, and wise

Why is it so important that we "Walking In Love, Light, And Wisdom"? As

indicated in Ep 5:1, we are to be "followers of God as dear children";

and just as God is "love, light, and wisdom" personified, so we should

try to imitate our Father!

Therefore, lets consider how we should walk

I. WALK IN LOVE (1-7)

A. FOLLOWING CHRIST EXAMPLE... (1-2)

1. Jesus love was the perfect example of sacrificial love

2. Let His example teach us how to "walk in love" –

John 13:34-35 (quickview) 

1 John 3:16-17 (quickview) 

B. A LOVE THAT IS PURE... (3-7)

1. Our love should be free from any hint of immorality or greed

- Eph. 5:3

2. Even words or jokes suggestive of immorality or greed are

unbecoming those who are "saints" – Eph. 5:4

3. This is a serious concern, for immoral or greedy persons. They

have no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, but instead will

experience the full wrath of God! – Eph. 5:5-7

"Walk In Love", with a love that is sacrificial and free from any hint

of personal gain. That is the kind of "walk" worthy of our calling as "saints".

Our "walk" also bears the responsibility of being a positive influence

in the world in which we live, and this Paul discusses as we now

consider our need to Walk as Light

II. WALK AS LIGHT (8-14)

A. WE ARE NOW "LIGHT IN THE LORD"... (8-10)

1. Before coming to Christ, we were once "darkness"; but now we are

"light in the Lord" and should walk as Christ did – Eph. 5:8

2. The life that reflects light will reflect "goodness,

righteousness and truth" – Eph. 5:9

3. By bearing such fruit, we fulfill our role as "light" by

"proving" what is well-pleasing to the Lord - Eph. 5:10

B. AS "LIGHT" WE MUST EXPOSE "DARKNESS" AND ATTRACT THE LIGHT... (11-14)

1. We are not to have fellowship with "unfruitful works of

darkness" – Eph. 5:11

2. Instead, our task is to "expose" them – Eph. 5:11b-13

a. Things that we must "expose" are often so disgraceful, it is

shameful to speak of them

b. But by "walking in the light" ourselves, we can be a

example of Christ

3. Thus the need to be "light" ourselves, that we may attract people

to Christ – Eph. 5:14

a. Christ gives "light" to those who were spiritually asleep

and dead

b. Thus that are in the dark are walking dead, because they

do not have the light of life in Christ.

To "Walk As Light" is an awesome responsibility, and some have allowed

the "darkness" to overshadow the "light", rather than the "light"

exposing the "darkness". How can we be sure to carry out our role as

"the children of light"?

Well this is were "wisdom" comes into play

III. WALK AS WISE (15-21)

A. CHARACTERISTICS OF "WALKING AS WISE"... (15-17)

1. Live carefully – Eph. 5:15

a. We need to watch our step, in order to stay in line

b. Unlike fools, who don’t care about where they are going or

what is happening around them.

2. Take advantage of the time you have – Eph. 5:16


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