Today we look at the the difference between walking in darkness and walking in light.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
The Greek word for darkness in this verse is “skotos”. It means “dark or darkness, spiritual darkness, implying ignorance or error, as well as persons in such a state”. Paul is reminding the people of the state they were in before they came to know Christ. They were unaware, as Paul was, that they were walking in darkness. They did not have the knowledge they needed because spiritual truths can only be revealed by the Lord. Therefore, the way the were living their lives was full of error.
Instead, Paul reminds the people they are now children of light and should live their lives accordingly. The Greek word for light in this verse is “phos” and it mean “to shine, what gives forth light”. Living as children of light not only would change the way the people lived, but would also have an impact on those around them.
Picture a completely dark room. Then picture a small candle being lit in it. It is truly amazing how one small light can change the entire feel of a room. It instantly goes from completely dark to being illuminated. The same can be true of us when we live the lives God created us to live. No matter what the circumstances are, we can bring the light of Christ to the situation. Following Christ will not only change the way we live and experience life, but will have an impact on those around us.
How brightly are you shining your light for Christ? When you find yourself in a situation that is very contentious, do you add fuel to the fire or do you bring peace? When you are dealing with someone who isn’t treating you kindly do you respond in anger or do you respond with kindness? When you see someone in need do you judge or ignore them or do you show them compassion? As you go about your day today, be conscious of whether or not you are walking as a children of light and shining Christ’s light into your world.
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- Green word definitions from “Key Word Study Bible”, AMG publishers