The word “walk” describes the day to day conduct of the believer. Those who are truly trusting in the grace of Christ will turn from sin and pursue a life of obedience to Christ. Paul warns us to walk as wise and not as unwise calling us to bear the fruit of genuine faith. We must demonstrate our trust in Christ with our obedience to Him. Those who bear good fruit have no need to fear Christ’s judgment, but those who refuse to repent and so be saved have no assurance of salvation. Part of the fruit is described as being filled with the Spirit. Being “Spirit- filled” is living a life marked by the ordinary and glorious fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22-23).
Questions for further thought:
1. How have I been deceived into thinking that repentance is not necessary for assurance of salvation? (Mark 1:15)
2. When will I confess and forsake my sin and put my trust in Christ alone as the basis for my forgiveness?
Challenge: Confess your willingness to give into prideful tendencies and ask for the Holy Spirit to fill you with His strength to live for Him. (Ephesians 5:18)
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