Walking as Children of Light


Today we look at the the difference between walking in darkness and walking in light.

Ephesians 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)

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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16 thoughts on “Walking as Children of Light

  1. Love this bit in Ephesians. Just shared with my youth group this Friday, on this exact scripture. I touched on 1 Thes. 5: 5 too:
    “5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness.”
    verse 8 “But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation”

    Thanks you for sharing! 🙂

    • Toni, thanks for the additional verses. It is so important for us to be conscious of how we are living and how we are walking out our faith. We never know when our actions may impact someone else for the Lord. Be blessed!

  2. So true Shelly! and I enjoyed the metaphor of the candle. Light always overcomes darkness. Keep posting 🙂

    • Toni, I love lighting a single candle Ina. Dark room. It is such a beautiful visual of what we can be in this dark world. Blessings”

  3. Dear sis Shelly.
    As usual I am really blessed reading your Bible study. Reminds me to always bring the light of Christ into our world. Thank you, sis. Blessings.

    • Karina, thanks. I love reading and really digging into Scripture a few verses at a time. Be blessed!

  4. Thanks for the reminder of walking in His light, Shelly. It is amazing how one small candle can light up a dark room. It also brings a warmth like no other heat, similar to how the love of Christ woos and warms a heart. Blessings

  5. The Armchair Apologist

    Challenging post. God bless

    • Armchair Apologist, thanks. It is very challenging for us to walk as children of the light and not slip back into our dark ways. Be blessed and bless someone else today!

  6. Hi, I just nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can find the details at http://secretsofchristianconfidence.com/2013/10/08/winning-a-liebster-award/. You have a great blog and have definitely earned it.

    • Johnathan, thanks so much for the nomination. However, my blog is an award free blog. I pray God gets all the glory for anything I write. Blessings!

  7. Oh how I love this post! May we all walk in the loving light of our Heavenly Father! I wrote a whole Bible Study on the subject. 😉

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