When the Lord chastises you, he doesn’t simply point out what you are not to do – what is wrong in your behaviour, for that would leave you feeling empty and lost. He always gives you an alternate behaviour that will strengthen you in your daily walk with him. For example, Ephesians 5:1 tells us to be followers of God, and Ephesians 5:2 tells us to walk in love as Christ has loved us. Then 5:3-4 lists the things that are never once to be named among us saints. They are fornication, all uncleanness, covetousness, filthiness, foolish talking or jesting (which are not convenient).
But, we are not left hanging. We are told to GIVE THANKS instead. We are told to do this because we can now manifest light. We must consciously walk as children of the light. Ephesians 5:9 reminds us that the Fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness and truth.
We are further exhorted to shun all fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. In fact, we are instructed to reprove them. In other words, to make a stand against the works of darkness whenever we come across them. This does not mean that we go about talking to all who will listen regarding these evil works of darkness, for then we are magnifying the works of the enemy. Ephesians 5:12 exhorts us that it is a shame to even speak of these things which are done in secret.
So how do we reprove the works of darkness if we are not to speak of them? Ephesians 5:13 gives us the answer – by simply allowing the light that is in us to shine; the light of Christ Jesus which we received when we first acknowledged our sinful state, truly repented of our sins, (the chief being living a life independent of God) and surrendered our lives to God the Father through Jesus Christ his only begotten Son.
By doing this we became partakers of the Divine Light – the Light which ungodly man hates. Why, because it reproves their evil deeds. Simply put, it exposes their evil deeds for what they are.
Walk in the Light of the knowledge of Christ Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Be mindful of how we walk every day, realising we are to (Ephesians 5:16) “redeem the time for the days are evil”. If we do that then the Light that is in us will shine out towards all those who come across our path. In this way we bring a little bit of God into every relationship, no matter how superficial that relationship may appear to be.
All this is initiated when we choose to give thanks in every situation we find ourselves. Simply put, when we choose to give thanks to the Father, even in very trying circumstances, our thankfulness is the key that unlocks the door allowing the Light of the World (Jesus) to shine on that challenge; the result often being a miraculous change in that situation, person or thing. At the very least, it gives us strength to continue, knowing that God is in control.