Of The Light

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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Paul tells us that as Christ-followers we are "children of light, children of the day." (I love this imagery, by the way.) He then instructs us to "keep awake and be sober." So let's think about who we are and how we accomplish Paul's instructions.

What does being a child of light mean for us? What does staying awake and being sober [self-controlled, alert] look like as we live out our lives? Tami W.

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This passage was just what I needed this morning. I woke up this morning worrying about this, that and the other. Being reminded that we, as Christians, are children of light (sons and daughters of the Lord God) was just what I needed to help me quit ruminating over what might go wrong today.

For me being "alert" means to be alert to the needs of those around me. Whether it be a chance to witness to an unbeliever or to minister to a fellow brother/sister in Christ, I should always look for ways to show Christ's love and compassion to others.

I think being a "child of the light" simply means walking in all of God's ways; obeying his commandments, and loving our neighbors as ourselves. In addition, it means avoiding all of that which leads to darkness (sin).

I think that when Paul speaks of staying awake and being sober, he his talking about more than not sleeping and avoiding alcohol (although abstaining from drink is certainly helps build up one's sense of self-control); I think he speaks of being alert, vigilant, and ever-aware of the possibility that Christ could return at any time, therefore we must be prepared by living a pure and honest Christian life.

A child of light suggests positivity, hardwork, kindness, love. Christians have hope in the risen saviour, we have a hope firm and secure in eternal life and we have a hope in the physical life for we "seek first the kingdom of God so that all other things shall be added unto us'. We show goodness and love because we are like the lillies of the valley. We reflect positivity and we work hard because we render unto Ceaser the things that are Ceaser's and unto God the things that are God's.We reflect kindness and love because we love because God first loved us. We are sober because we reflect Christ's life which was one of control and we are not drunk with wine which leads to debauchery.
In addition we should always reflect the fruit of the spirit Gal 5:22-23.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,gentleness and self-control.

Here is Henry Blackaby's words;
"In every generation there seem to exist a certain cliche used by members of the body of Christ. No doubt, on the top of the list of rthis generation are the words 'I'm under attack!' Every difficulty seems tobe labeled 'spiritual warfare' Without question we fight wars in the heavenlies; but before we can be sure it's spiritual warfare, we must be able to answer three questions negartively:
(1) Am I living outside the will of God?
(2) Do I have any unconfessed sin?
(3) Is God simply working His completion in me?
Far more often, our difficulties originate from one of these tree realms."
I pray to be ready

As Eglon says let our lives reflect the fruit of the Spirit and by so doing we will trust in God, live uprightly so that others will see our good work, so that they too, can glorify God. Jesus has made us some promises and we must believe Him and live in hope for that great and awesome day. It is hard work and we need Him as we cannot do it alone, so let us ask Him each day to lead and guide us.

To me, a "child of light" implies there is nothing I need to fear and there is nothing I need to hide (as God searches me and knows me). Anything that is not right, all of my shortcomings, thru Jesus, are made right. And by the power of the Holy Spirit, I will, day by day, become more like Jesus. It is HIS righteousness, not my own, wherein I walk. And I should live each day, as though it is the day of Christ's return!

Children of the light. I think means we get up and move about during the day. This is one thing I have trouble with as I am a night person. I get out of work late and wind down. I enjoyed all the comments. Janice

Living as children of light and conducting ourselves as such simply exhibits Jesus and His character. If anyone conducts himself in this manner, he is not going to be less than perfect. God Himself believes that we can be perfect like Him. The Light we conduct ourselves like is Jesus Himself.

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