Focus on Light

the_daily_lily_pea_ridge“For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. “Ephesians 5:8-9, NRSV

 

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8 thoughts on “Focus on Light

  1. “in your light do we see light.” brought my mind back to the teachings in Sara’s book, “Throwing Your Light Forward”. I think this one from Chapter 5, “Reflecting the Light” is very relevant:
    “The True Light. In the book of John we find Jesus depicted by the Apostle as “Light and Life” being the essence of the Incarnate Word which is God. This Light came into the world to enlighten the human conscience to allow a relationship with God. By an “Act of Faith” we become children of God, thereby, inheriting Light. At this point we realize we have Light focused and thrown in our direction to illuminate us in every way and for every situation.”
    And related to “Live as children of light—” above, I found this to be a helpful from Sara’s Ch 5 also: “Aaron threw his light forward by showing a life of obedience. Obedience brings light and disobedience darkness. Obedience comes through the studying and understanding of God’s word by obeying his precepts in our daily lives.”

    1. Thanks Debi for the reminder of a great truth. Light is so so so awesome! We can study it from one direction and before we view all it’s truth it’s rotated in another direction. I find the follow up verses in Ephesians 5:8-9 bug bitting from your post 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) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14This is why it is said:

      “Wake up, sleeper,
      rise from the dead,
      and Christ will shine on you.”
      15) Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16) making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17)Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20) always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

    1. One of my devotionals this am quoted this scripture from John 15, 4,5:
      “As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”
      That got me thinking about the year I tried planted some of my tomato plants on the sunny, bright light side of my house and some on the shadier side. The result was that the same plants in the light produced nice, abundant tomatoes and those in the shade did not. So my farming failure helps illustrate for me the principle of this verse. Same ‘branch’ …one trying to grow without the Light; the other remaining/growing in the Light… Jesus, the Vine, Jesus, the Light of the world.

      1. “for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.”

        I believe I’m understanding that there isn’t anything “good, right, or true”, in darkness? In fact, I think in darkness one would have the exact opposite?………”bad, wrong, and false”

        Who would not want what is “good, right, and true”?

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