Monday, October 23, 2017

Ephesians 5:8-11 NIV 2011

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

 

Paul’s letter to the Ephesians included instructions for Christian living. He restated they hadn’t always been believers. Ephesians 2:2, “in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world.” Now they knew the Light of the world was Jesus Christ. John 8:12a, “I am the light of the world.” They were called to be His Light. And the fruit of that Light is found in Galatians 5:22. Just as light is the medium for fruit to grow, so His Light offers fruit bearing for believers. The Light of Jesus overcomes darkness.

 

A challenge for us all would be to memorize Galatians 5:22-23a. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” With those words cemented in my mind, the chances of shining the Light of Jesus daily are heightened. Filling my mind with God’s Word brightens my demeanor. When asked, “How’s your day going,” I can honestly say, “It’s a wonderful day!” The Light of the World overcomes darkness, even when skies are gloomy gray.

 

How does the Light of Jesus shine brightly in our lives?

 

Radiating Jesus’ Light together,

S

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