Avoiding the Darkness by Daniel Rodgers

Avoiding the Darkness
Dan Rodgers
Ephesians 5:8-13

HYMN: In the year 1890, Eliza Hewitt wrote the song, "Stepping in the Light." The refrain reads...

How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Stepping in the light, stepping in the light,
How beautiful to walk in the steps of the Savior,
Led in paths of light.

Our message this evening has to do with walking in the light: "For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light. Additionally, because we are children of the Light, we no longer walk in darkness, and we avoid walking with those who do: And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. [12] For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Let's consider two things:

I. Walking in the Light
II. Avoiding the Darkness

I. WALKING IN THE LIGHT

If we are walking "as children of the light," certain characteristics will be evident in our lives. In (vs. 10), it says, "For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth." In the book of Galatians, Paul wrote concerning the fruit of the Spirit. He said, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" (Galatians 5:22, 23).

So, then, as Christ's light shines through us, like a prism, we reflect certain godly virtues.

A. Walking in the Light produces Goodness (v.9a).

1. "Goodness" comes from an interesting Greek term that can best be described as "love in action." The root of the word is agape. It refers to "moral excellence, generosity, the act of willing sacrifice or giving of one's self."

2. Paul had this in mind in 1 Thes. 5:15, "See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men."

B. Walking in the Light produces Righteousness (v.9b)

1. "Righteousness" means living in integ ...


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