HH, Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)” Ephesians 5:9
The fruit of the Light is in all Goodness. It is grace embodied. It is vanity, selfishness, evil temper, malice, and envy — shamed and burnt out of the soul by the holy fire of the love of Christ. It is the warmth, the tenderness, the generosity, the charity, which are learned beneath the Cross. Lord, I wish to be good.
And the fruit of the Light is in all Righteousness. It is not only fervent feeling and passionate devotion. It is a high principle, scrupulous honour, and stern fidelity to duty. It is the sanctification of the conscience. It is loyalty to God’s holy and perfect law. It is the quality, the distinct aroma, of that heart which is in thorough and willing sympathy with God’s law. I would scorn to stoop to anything crooked or unworthy or doubtful. Lord, I wish to be righteous.
And the fruit of the Light is in all Truth. Something more than the truth of words — my speech, my action, my thought must be consistent and harmonious and transparent. There is no ‘image’. There is no make-believe. There is no pretence. There is no “little pitted speck” in the garnered fruit. The man is an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit. I would be saved from sham work, sham feeling, sham service, sham orthodoxy. Lord, I do wish to be true.
Let Your Light shine on me, and in me, and through me, more and more. Help me to walk day by day with my unseen Saviour, who is the Light of Light!