Ephesians 5:11-13: "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light."
Paul David Trip said, "In the family, life is brought not only to our doorstep, but into our kitchens, bedrooms, and dens. In the family, life is happening all around us, and it begs to be questioned, evaluated, interpreted, and discussed. There is no more consistent, pregnant, dynamic forum for instruction about life than the family, because that is exactly what God designed the family to be, a learning community."
Leonard Ravenhill said, "My goal is GOD HIMSELF. Not joy, not peace, not even blessing, but HIMSELF... my GOD."
In the first 14 verses of this chapter, we have considered the works of the children of darkness (or the "children of disobedience") as well as the reasons why we, the children of light, ought not to be engaged in them. However, we cannot put our heads in the sand (or in the clouds) and simply ignore the darkness and sin that is in the world.
Temptation is all around us. It is in our communities, our churches, and our families. Our children are affected by it. Our spouses are affected by it. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are affected by it. And, of course, the world is infected with it.
Jesus Christ has called us not just to condemn the darkness, but to shine a light in it. As we touched on yesterday, this process of shining a light should start in the church. However, we should also be shining a light in our own homes. We are to reprove (or rebuke) those who are walking in darkness in our families.
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