Beacons in the Dark

When we walk by the Spirit, people are drawn to the Light of the World.

Galatians 5:13-25

Yesterday, we discussed the uncomfortable topic of sin and how, thankfully, Christ came to liberate us. But what impact should that fact have on our everyday life? How should we live in light of the freedom we’ve been given?

The apostle Paul offers a compelling answer in today’s Scripture reading. He says our liberty isn’t intended for us alone but is meant to be shared with the world. We do that by serving others in love, thereby fulfilling what Christ called the two greatest commandments (Matthew 22:35-40).

Acting out of love eliminates the inclination to judge those around us—or in Paul’s words, “bite and devour one another” (Gal. 5:15). A harsh, critical attitude doesn’t represent our freedom well. There’s nothing compelling about us if we act just like people who have never experienced the all-surpassing love of Christ.

Instead, we must “walk by the Spirit” (Gal. 5:16) and exhibit the fruit produced in us when we follow Him faithfully. Our “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, [and] self-control” (Gal. 5:22-23) are like a beacon in the dark, and others will feel drawn to its light.