“for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord ; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.” Eph 5:8-9
Do you live in such a way that exposes the darkness around you? Does the life you live expose sin? Are your thoughts and actions too often that of the dark?
I love to make lists. It makes life easier to handle. It helps me see clearer. It’s no different in the word of God. I like to list things, not in a dogmatic, legalistic way, but in a way that helps me consider how I am living. It helps me see those area’s I need to work on. It helps me to understand.
Ephesians Chapter 5:1-21 is one of those passages I like to look at to see how I am doing in my spiritual walk. This passage helps me to discern the differences of one who lives in the Light compared to the one who lives in darkness.
A person who lives in the Light of Jesus Christ will be imitators of God. They will walk in love. Their actions will show goodness, righteousness and truth. They will want to know what pleases the Lord. They will expose the darkness by the life they live.
A person of Light will be wise. They will make the most of there time. They will understand the Lord’s will. They will not be drunk with wine, but be filled with the Spirit. Their heart will be filled with hymns, songs and singing for the Lord. They will always give thanks to God for all things.
Children of the Light (those who are follower’s of Christ) will not walk in darkness. They will not do the things those in the darkness do. Those in darkness are immoral, impure, and greedy. Their speech is filthy and they tell dirty jokes. Their words are empty and filled with lies. They are unwise and disobedient.
Those living in darkness will face the wrath of God. Those living in the Light will be a fragrant aroma just as Christ was to the Father when He gave Himself up for us as an offering and sacrifice.
Light and darkness. Black and white. There is no gray in the above. We are told to walk as children of the Light. We are not to even speak of those things of the darkness.
We want there to be gray in the above but there isn’t, although there is grace…
God’s grace living through us as Children of the Light.
In my own heart there are too many times I see darkness. I forget that I have The Light of Christ in me which overpowers all the dark. This day I pray that my Lord will help me walk in the Light. A Light that others see and in which darkness must flee.
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