Daily Devotional Sunday 27th September 2020

by William Moody

Ephesians 5:1–16

Walk in Love

5:1 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.

But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord. 11 Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. 13 But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, 14 for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says,

  “Awake, O sleeper,
    and arise from the dead,
  and Christ will shine on you.”

15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.


Believers are to imitate God (v1), walk in love (v2), avoid all hints of immorality, impurity, covetousness (v3) filthiness, foolish talk and crude joking (v4).

Look at the list of sins above and consider where you may find guilt in your own life. Confess this before the Lord.

These sins are not to be treated lightly as those who practice them will not inherit the kingdom of God (v5-6). In repentance from these sins will mean no heaven.

Paul makes a big contrast between the ways of darkness and of light (v7-14).

In the world around us today there is so much spiritual and moral darkness. We need to reject such darkness and seek the light that is to be found in Christ. If we continue in the ways of darkness we’re like sleepers or the spiritually dead who need to awake or arise (v14).

We can’t be complacent as we live in very evil days (v15-16)

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