To walk as children of light is to seek what is acceptable in the Lord and not just be driven by the desires of our flesh.
Ephesians 5: 7-10, 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit* is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.
Many people associate this verse with 1 Corinthians 5:9-11 where Paul reminds the Corinthians of his earlier epistle where he told them not to keep company with sexually immoral people. In Verse 10 he explains himself, “10 Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world”. Paul was more concerned with our fellowship with a brother or sister in the Lord that was actively participating in a sinful lifestyle. In verse 7 of Ephesians 5 Paul is concerned with two things. First, if you participate in a friendship with a person walking in open sin and do not let them know, in love, that you do not approve of their sin, than by staying quiet you are giving your stamp of approval. Secondly, since our natural minds will always gravitate toward sin we risk sliding into their lifestyle. Romans 8:7 “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be”. I also want to reference back to May 1 where I mentioned that if you are joined to someone jumping off a roof, even though you would not do so willing, they may pull you down with them. Another reason to be careful with relationships outside of a Godly brother or sister is the fact that you also once walked in the darkness of sin and depending on how deep you were before you accepted Christ, you have the potential of stirring up old memories and emotions. We cannot and should not avoid everyone we know that is not a fellow believer in Christ. In doing so, we would be putting a wall between us and them. Being on guard full and walling yourself off are two different things. God restores people through people. If the goodness of God is what draws people to repentance, as said in Romans 2:4, then how can people see His goodness if we condemn them and avoid them? God is referred to as Light in some verses and we are His child which means we are children of light. We must let our light shine in this world. 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 is dedicated to learning how to walk in love. Regardless of how strong a person is spiritually, if their actions and words are not in love it profits them nothing. Being righteous and truthful without the goodness of love will only push people away from God.
There are not any rules to follow on how to act or respond to people for every situation. There is the life of Jesus while here on earth, and the Apostle Paul in regards to communication with people and walking by the Spirit. Both were led by the Holy Spirit and not their emotions or what they saw with their natural eyes. The only way to learn that which is acceptable to the Lord regarding your walk before man is to study the word and ask the Holy Spirit to bring you into all wisdom. 1 Corinthians 2:12 tells us, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God”. We should walk in the power of the Holy Spirit knowing that we have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind, (1 Timothy 1:7). A person that truly understands this power is not fearful to love people, or share the gospel of Christ. They will not participate in actions that are not pleasing to the Lord. They will, however, have the grace to allow a person to be who they are, but through prayer and guidance of the Holy Spirit can encourage that friend or person to make the decision to not only believe in Jesus but to confess Him as their Lord and Savior.
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