Week 9. Wednesday: Children of Light
PRAY: Ask God to speak to you from His Word.
READ: Ephesians 5:6-10
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
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) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.
UNDERSTAND: get a deeper understanding of the key words
Deceive (Greek: apataō): to cheat, beguile, trick
Empty Words (Greek: kenos logos): vain, worthless, fruitless (James 1:26)
Partners (Greek: symmetochos): partakers, to join in together
Darkness (Greek: skotos): ignorant, ungodly, immoral (Matthew 6:22-23)
Light (Greek: phōs): delicate, pure, brilliant quality that shines openly to others
Live as Children of Light (Greek: peripateō hōs teknon phōs): walk in light
Fruit (Greek: karpos): the natural result of something growing (Galatians 5:19-24)
Goodness (Greek: agathōsynē): uprightness of heart and life (2 Thessalonians 1:11)
Righteousness (Greek: dikaiosynē): integrity, virtue, purity of life, correct living
Truth (Greek: alētheia): objective reality, certainty of principles and laws
Find Out What Pleases the Lord: seek with all your being (Matthew 22:37-38)
APPLY: What is this passage calling me to do?
If we are not careful we can be easily deceived into being partners with disobedient people. But as believers, we are called out of our former life of darkness and into the light. Living in the light will change our attitude and behavior. The result (fruit) is living a life that is focused on pleasing God at all costs.
In what ways can we live as children of light?
How can we find out what pleases the Lord?
PRAY: Ask God to help you live as a person of light rather than darkness.