“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Ephesians 5-6, and Psalm 119:1-80.
Following both parts of this verse could get you into trouble. Are you ready for that?
I’m not writing about the first part; of course, we should avoid darkness.
It’s the other part that could put you in harm’s way; exposing darkness.
I can play it very safe on that second part by insisting that it is all about me. I must realize my need to recognize when I’m darkening my life and call myself out of it into the light.
I don’t believe that “safe” way is Paul’s intention.
Paul was confrontational. He wrote in several places that he had the scars to show for it. He did not play it safe. He called things as he saw them.
In this world there is an abundance of evil. Some of it is within me. I know that, and I need to consistently deal with it. But there also is evil elsewhere. I can ignore it. I can figure that within my midst I can mention it. Or I can use the social media to call out evil.
I have done that “call out” thing in a few places. Let me warn you from experience that “Amen, brother” won’t follow call-out’s most of the time.
Is it possible for a Godly person to disagree with an ungodly person without trouble following? Not every time.
That is why I must speak God’s Words from the get-go. I have latched onto Psalm 19:14: “May the words of my mouth and the mediation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
I said that verse before I wrote today’s entry and I am determined to say it before I write other things. I still won’t always get it right, but I believe that if I start with Him I’ll represent Him better.
“Lord, may my words be Your Words. If they aren’t then erase them. Have them unread. But if they are of You, then use them to help me and to help others to know You better, I beg. I love You, Father.”
I must recognize darkness in my own life and in the rest of the world AND do something about it in BOTH places.