March 18

Ephesians 5:8-10

“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.” vss. 8-9

The writer of Ephesians knew that it was possible for people to lead good, decent lives, and always tell the truth. It was simply a matter of behaving as we are! As Jesus once put it, “You are the light of the world.” Our call as the people of God in Christ Jesus, is to act in congruence with who we already are. We have been programmed not for sin but for goodness! It’s about time we stopped making excuses or blaming the devil, and start behaving as children of the light. Every person in the world is capable of producing the fruit of the Spirit–it is past time for us to start doing exactly that. So what keeps us from living as authentic persons? Why do we keep on doing the crap that we do? Who knows? Each of us has to answer that question for ourselves–but the truth is that we’ve gotten to be experts at self-deception and sloth. But not all of us! Praise God for the people around us of every race and religion who do get it! Their good lives make life on this planet a pleasure. Every day we see them showing forth light, telling the truth, loving enemies, feeding the poor, and exuding goodness with every word and deed. And if they can do it, all of us can! Why wait?!

Thought for the Day: What keeps me from being a child of the light?

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