Ephesians 5:6-17 – July 11
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Ephesians 5:6-17 – Instructions for Christian Living
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Fireflies | Becky Newman
Darkness here equates to sin without hope, but God has illuminated me with His light, exposed the darkness, and makes me shine for Him. He’s done all that for me because He loves me, so I should live like His light, seeking a life that pleases Him, filled with good like He is good.
The fireflies are out in full force right now. My kids were more interested in catching them and stuffing them in a jar than the fireworks last week. Fireflies fly around having a moment of light in the darkness, then they fly some more and have another moment, and so on. I feel more like a firefly than an ever-glowing light for God. But what attracts kids to fireflies? It’s the light. They don’t run around chasing house flies. Likewise, what’s going to attract those in darkness without hope to the One who can give hope and light up the darkness? My light. The longer I can sustain my light for Him, the more will be attracted and want Him.
Lord, thank You for Your light. Help me to sustain and persevere in shining it for You to attract those in darkness and encourage the other fireflies. Use me, Lord, and help me to be willing and not distracted from Your mission.
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