What Does It Mean To Walk in the Lord?

Welcome to a new series, What Does It Mean with today’s topic, To Walk in the Lord.

In recent studies on Ephesians and Colossians, my DIG study gals came across several verses that spoke of “walk worthy” or “walk in the Lord” and we wanted to examine this topic in context. To do this, we need to go to where it all began and that is with the commandments. So grab your coffee, a notebook and your Bible as you may want to check out these verses in context.


As in other studies I have published, I like to use the King James Version, so if you have your own favourite version, please use it to read along with us.


In researching this topic, there are many references to Old Testament verses that speak of “walk in all the ways which the Lord your God commanded you” (Deut 5.33). This verse, in particular, mentions a promise, that if we keep the commands, we may live a long life. Other verses in Deuteronomy reminds us to “walk in his ways” and to “fear him”. (Deut 8.6; 10.12-13) This reference to “fear” does not mean to be afraid but to have reverence for God.

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Deut 10.12-13 also mentions to “serve him” and to “keep his commands and statutes”. While we are no longer under the Law of the Old Testament, we are under the Law of Grace of the New Testament. The Law of Grace is summed up in Mark 12.30-31 when Jesus said

 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Paul elaborates on how to walk in the Lord when he wrote Roman, Colossians, Ephesians, and Galatians. Let’s look at a summary of these verses as What It Is to Walk in the Lord and What It Is Not. (portions of the verses as shown)

What It Is

What It Is Not

Walk in the light; have fellowship with other believers (1 John 1.7) Holding on to anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, lying to one another (Col 3.8-9)
Abide in Him, walk as He walked (1 John 2.6) Walking in the vanity of mind, with the understanding darkened, ignorant of God, having a blind heart, being lascivious, uncleanness and greedy (Eph 4.17-19)
Walk in truth (2 John 4) Lying (Eph 4.25)
Walk in the commandments (2 John 6) Speaking corruptly (Eph 4.29)
Walk and please God; walk honestly (1 Thess 4.1-12) Practicing fornication, all uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking, jesting, no immoral or impure person, covetous man who is an idolater (Eph 5.3-6)
Walk in love; walk in the light; walk carefully (Eph 5:1-15) Practicing immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry (Col 3.5)
Be filled with the Spirit; giving thanks (Eph 5.18-20) Being drunk with wine in excess (Eph 5.18)
We walk in the flesh but do not war in the flesh – practice self-control and know who the real enemy is (2 Cor 10.3-6) Holding on to bitterness, wrath, anger, clamour, evil speaking, malice {clamour means big words, loud threatenings and hurtful words that cause bitterness, wrath and anger} {evil speaking means all railing, reviling, reproachful speeches} {malice means rooted anger which leads to plans to do mischief to others} (Eph 4.31)
Stand fast in the faith, act properly, be strong, be loving (1 Cor 16.13-14)
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5.22-23)
Bear one another’s burdens (Gal 6.2)
Be renewed in the Spirit of your mind and put on the new man (Eph 4.23, 24)
Speak truth (Eph 4.25)
Be angry but don’t sin (Eph 4.26)
Speak words to edify and give grace (Eph 4.29)
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph 4.30)
Be kind, tenderhearted, forgiving one another (Eph 4.32)
Be followers of God; walk in love (Eph 5.1-2)
Be filled with the fruit of righteousness (Phil 1.11)
Let your conversation please the Gospel (Phil 1.27)
Do all things without murmuring or disputes (Phil 2.14)
Be blameless and harmless (Phil 2.15)
Walk in Him (Jesus) (Col 2.6)
Be rooted and grounded and built up in Him and established in the faith (Col 2.7)
Beware of those who would deceive you with vain philosophy and deceit (Col 2.8)
Set your affections on things above and not on earth (Col 3.1-2)
Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; (Col 3.12)
Bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; put on love (Col 3.13,14)
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, be thankful. (Col 3.15)
Let the word of Christ richly dwell in you … singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God (Col 3.16)
Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, with thanksgiving (Col 3.17)
Continue in prayer with thanksgiving (Col 4.2)
Walk in wisdom toward those who are not of the faith (Col 4.5)
Let your speech be with grace, seasoned with salt so you know how to answer everyone (Col 4.6)

Paul reminds us in Romans 8 that we are led by the Spirit and we walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh (v 1, 4, 14). Verses 9 and 11 tell us that the Spirit of God dwells in us and since we are led of the Spirit, we are not under the law (Gal 5.18). We live and walk in the Spirit so therefore do not be desirous of vain glory or provoke one another or envy others (Gal 5.25, 26).

From this study, we conclude that the OT Law, though filled with regulations for do’s and don’ts, were requirements for the Israelite children to obey, to walk in His ways, to fear (revere) Him, to serve Him and do the commands.

To walk in the Lord, to follow Him as we are under grace, is a conscious decision that each of us makes. The prophets Isaiah and Micah said to learn the law, walk in it and be a doer of it. As under Grace, we choose to obey the Ten Commandments, and as James said, to be a doer of the word and not a hearer only (James 1.22).

Those who have received Christ ought to walk in Him (Col 2.6,7) and to walk worthy (Col 1.10) as we walk after the Spirit who dwells in us (Rom 8.1,4,9,11).

How is your walk? Are you able to put off the old nature and put on the new nature in Christ? Are there other verses that tell us how we ought to walk in the Lord? If you think of any, please leave a comment so I can add them to my list for future studies. I would love to hear from you!

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2 thoughts on “What Does It Mean To Walk in the Lord?

  1. Appreciated this thorough list of God’s commands for us! One can never overlook that Jesus said those who truly love Him will obey His commands. May His Spirit continue to lead us in walking worthy. Thanks Cindy for the reminder!

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