For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.
Ephesians 5:8 (NIV)
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I can’t imagine what the world must have been like at night before electricity. While cities had gas lights, once you got out of major population centres, the world would have been a very dark place. No wonder most people didn’t want to travel after dark. It just wasn’t safe. The Bible describes this kind of a world, spiritually. The apostle Paul, in Ephesians 5:8, says this: “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Until we come into a personal relationship with Jesus, we have little interest and no insight into things eternal. We wander through life focused on the things of this world, hoping that if there is something beyond this life, we will somehow be good enough to experience it. The Bible describes it as being in darkness. Jesus declared Himself to be the light of the world, and when He comes into our life by faith, it’s like a light switch is turned on. For the first time we grasp God’s love for us and we experience His gift of eternal life. Walk in the light today.
These have been words from the heart.