Emptiness of soul
Moral understanding darkened
Alienated,Self-banished from God
Insensitivity to their moral nature
Abandoning themselves to unbridled sensuality
Greedy to indulge in every form of impurity
Depraved desires that spring from delusion
Foul or polluting language
Doesn't sound too good, does it? Yet, how accurate this seems when compared with what's happening in our culture today. Now, here are qualities of the light, taken from Ephesians and also from the fruits of the Spirit
Helping one another
Walking in Love
Uprightness of Heart
Filled with Joy
What a contrast, huh? It amazed me as I read through these Scriptures. I believe the differences between the dark and light will become much more pronounced as we approach the end of the age. It already has done so in my lifetime. Fifty years ago when I was born, nearly everyone in my city called themselves Christians, and it was actually a bad thing to cuss, or steal, or sleep with your boyfriend. How quickly things have changed!
But, you may say, I'm not all those good things! Help! I don't think any of us will achieve all of those qualities in this lifetime, but with God's help, we can acquire more and more of them each day. Paul doesn't leave us with just these lists to ponder. He also instructs us how to walk in the Light.
Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Ephesians 4:15
Strip yourselves of your former nature, put off and discard your old unrenewed self which characterized your previous manner of life and becomes corrupt through lusts and desires that spring from delusion; And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind. And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God's image, Godlike in true righteousness and holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24
Therefore be imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, Ephesians 5:1
At all times and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. Ephesians 5:20
In other words
- Enfold yourself in the love of God and grow up!
- Stop doing the things you used to do and allow God to change the way you think by spending time with Him and in His Word
- Imitate the life of Jesus
- Constantly give thanks!