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Reflecting Gods Light

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light… And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. Ephesians 5:8,11 (NKJV)

In the first chapter of the book of Genesis, the Lord separated the day from the night—the light from the darkness. And again, in the book of Exodus He separates the darkness from the light. The darkness fell upon those Egyptians, who were denying God and wanted nothing to do with Him, while the light shone brightly upon God’s people (Exodus 10:21-23).

God has always separated the darkness from the light, and He continues to do this with every person who places his or her faith in Jesus Christ—we are transformed from darkness to light. We are not the source of light, God is—it is His light radiating through us and upon those who are around us. This will happen as long as we abide in Christ. We have been declared a new creation in Christ, and the old is gone (2 Cor. 5:17), and we are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them (Eph, 5:11).

Q: What are the unfruitful works of darkness? And how can we expose these works?

It can be just about any sin. For example, it could be a dirty joke, or someone’s filthy story about what they did over the weekend. Or it can be when a person comes to us and begins to gossip about someone else. Either way, we need to immediately shut it down and stop the conversation. We need to confront them in love (Gal. 6:1), and then let them know we don’t want to partake in this.   

If we continue to listen—even if we’re not adding to the conversation—we’re just as guilty, and we’re basically telling them, “Hey, it’s okay to come and talk to me in this manner.” People often judge our love for God by the manner in which we conduct ourselves. And we need to understand; we cannot be having fellowship with God while walking in darkness.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:6-7 NKJV)

I want to encourage you to always seek the light of God in every situation. As you draw near to Him daily through the reading and abiding of His Word, you will become a very bright light—either drawing people to God, or exposing the darkness around you.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 1:6-7 why should we walk in the light?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you allowing God to shine brightly through you at all times?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: You don’t have to flee every bad person you come in contact with, but you should always ask the Lord if He has something for you to say to them. He may have led them into your life so His light will shine upon them and their actions - bringing it out into the open so it might be dealt with.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for allowing me to reflect Your light to others. Teach me how to properly associate with those who are still in darkness, and when I should just flee. Show me what I am to do and say, and lead me in every aspect of these relationships, so others may see You and be drawn to You. Help me to love others unconditionally. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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