In all the words in these verses, the three that stick out to me are “this present darkness.” Obviously, the church was going through something, and Paul is providing pastoral care and advice. Listen to Paul as he tells them to dress for action by wrapping the protection of God around them. Once they have done their best to build themselves up with this protective faith in God , the final orders are to stand firm together in this present darkness. Notice that this is a defensive posture, not an offensive action.
With all we have been through, the behaviors we are seeing from the halls of power, society, and things yet unseen, is our present darkness? Regardless, Paul’s advice is still relevant. Stand firm together with God’s love as your protection.