Thursday, October 17, 2013

Children of the Light

Ephesians 4:17-32 
With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. 

Paul the author of Ephesians urges us to live as 'Children of the Light'. The put off our old, sinful behaviours and be an example of Gods love. We are to be His shining example. As it says what we do as Christians will be associated with His Spirit as we are now His. 

"And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own." 

So my encouragement to you today is: Don't take offence or feel condemned. Trust in The Lord and all His goodness, that includes forgiveness. Make a point of moving forward today - a step to making your light shine brighter. None of us is perfect. But by Gods grace and through His Holy Spirit we can be a shining light to those around us. How bright our light shines is up to us. 

"...let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes."

See the scripture tells us to let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. By then it says,

"Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy." 

We are the ones to put on our new nature. We have to use self control, patience, good judgement, our listening ears (as I would say to my little girls) to listen to the Spirits guidance. 

It's not always easy. If it was easy everyone would be doing it! 

As mums we can be a light to other mums. Eg; We can use gentle words with our children especially web they have done something wrong. We can also give them boundaries so that even from a young age they are learning how to use patience and self control. 

So go forth and be shining beacons that reflect Gods love today. Putting on a new nature. 

Nat xx


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