“the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;” vs. 12
Paul had the strong sense that the Lord was going to return in a very short time, probably within the next few years. He wasn’t alone in thinking this; many Christians of that early period shared his hope. Because he believed the time was short, he advised his readers to get ready by getting their lives in order. They should put aside the works of darkness…drunkenness, licentiousness, and the like…and put on the armor of light…kindness, love, all the things he’d been talking about. Now it may be that we don’t share Paul’s belief in the imminent return of Jesus, but that doesn’t mean we should be careless about how we live. We know perfectly well what he meant by the “works of darkness” and as followers of Jesus we have no business conducting our lives in such a fashion. It’s not good for our souls and it certainly does nothing for our witness. All of us are well advised to put on the “armor of light” and live in a way that breeds gentleness and peace in our faith communities. We’re not talking petty legalism here, the sort of piety that sucks the joy out of life and robs us of happiness. To live in the light is to conduct ourselves with purity and integrity in every aspect of our relationships and interactions. When we live in such a fashion, blessings will abound for all.
Thought for the Day: What are the works of darkness?