Ephesians 5:8: "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light."
Ronald Reagan said, "All great change in America begins at the dinner table."
Leonard Ravenhill said, "You can't live wrong and pray right."
The simple message of this verse is that we should practice what we preach. Perhaps, it would be better to say, 'Practice what we profess.' If we profess to be Christians, we ought to act like Christians. If we are children of the Light, we should no longer walk in darkness.
After taking some time to examine the deeds of darkness -- fornication, other sexual sins, uncleanness, filthy speech, and covetousness -- Paul reminds us that we "were sometimes darkness." In other words, we used to be people who regularly engaged in a sinful lifestyle.
However, NOW, something has changed. We are no longer doomed sinners, but saints who have been adopted into God's family. Thus, we must begin acting like members of God's family. We are now "light in the Lord." We are not just the children of Light, we are Light itself; our very nature has been transformed. Formerly, we had a dark nature, and we were fully engaged in the sins of the flesh. Now, we have a nature of light, and the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil no longer have a hold on us. We do not have to be slaves to sin.
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