Welcome back to our online Inductive Bible Study on the book of Ephesians, “Free from Bondage God’s Way” by Kay Arthur. We just completed Week Six, “How Can I Walk in Love?” It’s hard to believe we only have one more week of study left. What peace there is to walk in freedom! I pray this study has been liberating to you as it has been for me.
In Chapter 4, Paul encourages the Ephesian believers to “walk in a manner worthy of the calling they have received,” forgiving each other just as Christ Jesus has forgiven you. And then in Chapter 5 he commands us to walk in love:
“Be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:2
Do you find it easy to walk in love? In today’s world, it is not easy. All we have to do is turn on the news and what do we hear? The top news story is never a love story. It is usually about murder, burglaries, wars, conflicts, etc. etc. Furthermore, families are splitting up, and divorce is on the rise. So how do we as beloved children of God walk in love in a world filled with hatred? We have to be imitators of God (5:1), and walk by His example. We are to give ourselves up to God, because He gave Himself up for us. In other words, we should not fall into a life of sin but rather live a life of love. However, it’s impossible to love in our own human flesh. But with God all things are possible.
In our former way of life before coming to Christ we lived in darkness and sin. But now we have come out of the dark into His wonderful light, and so Paul further commands us to walk as children of Light:
“for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth)…” Ephesians 5:8-9
There is truth and knowledge in the Light. Have you ever noticed that most crimes happen in the dark? Why? Because they do not want to be seen. Light breaks through the darkness and exposes sinful deeds. As people who have light from the Lord, our actions should reflect our faith. We should live above reproach morally so that we will reflect God’s goodness to others. We are God’s human flashlights, His shining Light, bringing truth to a dark world. When we walk as children of Light, we can walk in love.
Let me challenge you to walk in love this week. Whatever you may be struggling with, ask God to help you show His love and in doing so, others will see the light of Jesus shine through you; therefore, bringing light to a lost and dark world.
Kay Arthur writes in the Thought for the Week…
“Christ is in you, and you are in Him. You have the Spirit. You have His resurrection power! Now walk in the light of it. Walk in love.”
ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK:
- Join a small group and fellowship with your fellow Bible students. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WBCInductiveStudies/
- Complete your study of Week Seven, “Stand Firm!”
- Pray before you begin your study. Ask your resident Teacher, the Holy Spirit, to open your heart to wisdom and understanding to learn His truths.
- Do an online word study on “Light” (Ephesians 5:8) at www.blueletterbible.org. Instructions for doing a word study are located in “Files” in the Inductive Studies chat room.
- Store in your heart Ephesians 5:2 (Week Six, Day Seven).
- Register for the Book of Job Inductive Bible study when you CLICK HERE
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THIS WEEK (answer in small groups or post a comment here)
- According to Ephesians 5:2, we are to walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us? How is it possible to walk in love in a world filled with conflict, violence and hatred?
- In what ways can we walk as children of Light? How can we show God’s light to a dark world? (Ephesians 5:8)
- If being “filled with the Spirit” is essentially the same as “letting the word of Christ dwell in you richly,” how would you say you are doing, on a scale of one to ten? What do you think you could do to improve being filled with the Holy Spirit? (Ephesians 5:18-19)
- According to Ephesians 5:22-26, what specific things about today’s culture are at odds with concepts of a wife submitting to her husband and a husband loving his wife?
- What verse or verses spoke to you the most in Ephesians 5? How will you put this in practice today?