After introducing the worthy walk in chapter 4, Paul elaborates on the same in chapter 5.
The Worthy Walker Walks in LOVE. The walk of love bears some notable characteristics:
The first thing Paul identifies with the walk of love is personal sacrifice: “And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God” (v 2).
The walk of love is a walk of purity. It is a walk that shuns sexual impurity, covetousness, filthiness of life and language. It not only shuns these but also refuses to have any fellowship with the same.
The Worthy Walker Walks in LIGHT.
The walk of light produces the fruit of goodness. Goodness here includes all things wherein there is virtue or beneficence. Paul identifies goodness with the fruit of the Spirit just as he included it in Galatians 5:22-23. Paul wrote that the worthy walkers fulfill all the good pleasure of God’s goodness (2 Thes 1:11).
The walk of light produces the fruit of righteousness. There is a lot of confusion about righteousness as it pertains to the Christian. Righteousness is the fruit of right living. Righteousness comes from God but not apart from obedience.
The walk of light produces the fruit of truth. God’s word is light and truth (Psalm 119:105; John 17:17, cf Ps 119:172). When we walk in the light, we walk in truth. When we walk in truth, righteousness is our reward.
The Worthy Walker Walks in WISDOM.
The walk of wisdom is a walk of diligence. “Circumspectly” means with exactness or precision. It is a walk of the strictest standards (cf Matt 7:13-14; Acts 26:5).
The walk of wisdom is a walk of resourcefulness. “Redeeming the time” – to make the most of every moment, every opportunity for growth and improvement.
The walk of wisdom is a walk of understanding. And not simply understanding, but to act in accordance with knowledge.