Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day. (Psalm 25:4-5, NKJV, emphasis added)
The fruit of the Spirit is truth and we know this when waiting on Him with great hope.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8-10, NKJV)
Paul in Ephesians Chapter Five is laying down how a Christian should be living in his or her daily life, or in his terms their walk. The apostle begins in verse one with the example by which the remaining of the chapter is built upon, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.” As Christ is the example of self-sacrificing love, so are His disciples. As the Son submitted to the Father’s will, so do his children. This submission leads to the godly walk Paul is teaching. Our walk depends upon our character, and character is built by the Holy Spirit, and one of the processes the Spirit uses is waiting upon the Lord with hope.
For you were once darkness. The old you before the new life in Christ was darkness, the absence of light. Paul is exhorting the disciple to not become darkness again. The old life has been put off (Ephesians 4:22; Colossians 3:8-9; and 2 Peter 1:14). Is your old life put off?
But now you are light in the Lord. The new life is now to be embraced. We are now light (Matthew 5:14), imitating Jesus who is the light of the world (John 8:12 and 9:5). Light in the Greek is the light itself, not the lamp. Light is now what we have become in the Lord. The change in the disciple has gone beyond being enlightened like a lamp, to becoming light itself. In a world of darkness we need to allow our lights to shine (Matthew 5:14-16). Our direction is enlightened by the Lamp which shines for all to see. Thus, the Light you follow is what others will see and maybe they will follow too. The new life is to be worn (Romans 13:12-14; Galatians 3:27; Ephesians 4:24; and Colossians 3:10-14). Have you put on the new life?
Walk as children of light. In the Greek walk is to order one’s behavior, to conduct one’s self. The construction in the Greek is to “be habitually conducting yourselves as children of light (Wuest).” As children, we have been born again and bear the image of the Father, the Father of lights (James 1:17). The new life of the disciple is to be light, and as self-sacrificing in imitation, are to be light for others. Is your character such that your light shines before men?
For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. Fruit is the product of living the new life as light. The fruit we bear as believers is the work of the Spirit. We now come to the results of this new life in the Spirit of truth. Goodness, righteousness, and truth are all active, meaning they are constantly being produced; they are due to the character of the disciple. Goodness is benevolence, goodness in action. Righteousness is what is right, proper, and fit. Truth is in true and sincere holiness. How is your fruit?
Finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. This should be a goal of the Christian life. We should want to know what is acceptable, or well pleasing, to our Lord the Master of our life and do it. Because of the new life in the Spirit our fruit will conform to His liking. As we wait upon God we learn what is acceptable and our character is transformed to be fruitful.
Prayerfully meditate upon this passage. Recognize that you are light and what it means to be light in a dark world. Take off the old and put on the new as the Lord of glory changes you day by day into His children, the light of the world.