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Pearls of the Kingdom 5/29/24

Asking the Holy Spirit to “illuminate” the scriptures for us today as we look at this verse.

Eph 5:8-9 “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).” NIV

“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” NLT

Spending some time considering this portion of scripture. Paul encouraging the Ephesians here, reminding them, you “once” were darkness. Not just darkness but “full of darkness.” When they encountered the Lord, an inner transformation had taken place. They are no longer in darkness but are light in the Lord. 

Now, that you are light in the Lord, live like children of the light. This light produces a “fruit of the light.”  That fruit consists of: all goodness, righteousness and truth (good, right and true.)

Why does Paul share these three together as “fruits of the light”? He does not say, the “fruit of the light” is only goodness or only righteousness or only truth.

The picture I had is of a chord. A rope made of three strands. A single strand by itself is weak (not complete). But a rope of three intertwined strands is strong (complete). These three are to be intertwined together. Each strand needs the other to be complete. As child of the light, these three “fruits of the light” are to be a part of my character, if I am to imitate Jesus as a child of the light.

Simple prayer for today, asking Jesus for boldness, not hiding my light, but allowing the light to shine through my life in all goodness, righteousness and truth. As the sun shines naturally and grows brighter as it rises on the new day, may my life (light) grow and shine naturally wherever I go in my daily life. That the works of darkness would be revealed, that others would be transformed by your light shinning in me, that they also may become children of the light, your light.

For further meditation: 

Matt 5:14-16  “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Php 2:15 “so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”

Prov 4:18 “But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.”

Jn 12:36 “While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.”

Pastor Jeff

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