Taking Time to Recharge
Time to Find – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 5:8-14
Key Verse: Ephesians 5:10
…and find out what pleases the Lord.
As we continue from yesterday’s study we want to dig a little deeper in our investigation of the question: What pleases the Lord? The second clue is found in three words in verse nine: goodness, righteousness, and truth. When we understand and practice the principles of these three words, we will be pleasing the Lord.
The first fruit of light, according to the Apostle Paul, is goodness. This is an intentional effort on our part to do that which is helpful and kind. At funerals we often hear people say, “He was a good person.” Normally that describes a person who treated people fairly and handled situations kindly. It pleases the Lord for us to make every effort to be good.
The second fruit of light is righteousness. This refers to moral excellence brought about by a surrendered life to Jesus Christ. The apostle wrote in Romans 1:17, “For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: the just shall live by faith.” It pleases the Lord when we put our faith in the work of God for us and in us; when we allow Jesus to forgive our sins and put us in good standing with God.
Finally, the third fruit of light is truth. This word simply means living in a state of honesty and truthfulness. Hypocrisy is pretending. This does not please the Lord. Truthful living admits failures and is honest about struggles. This pleases the Lord.
Father, I want to find out what pleases you. Help me live in goodness, righteousness and truthfulness. Grant me your wisdom and courage. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.