This morning, with my cup of tea (gasp – it’s meant to be ‘morning coffee with Abba’ not ‘morning tea with Abba’), I read Ephesians 5 in the New King James Version (NKJV).
I’m not sure why, but I’ve chosen to write about verses 8-10 which says, ‘For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.’
Two things leaped out at me.
Firstly, I’d never noticed before that it says, ‘you are light in the Lord’. I found that comforting. I think I knew that already, at some level, but it connected some dots for me as I read it this morning. It’s funny how we can read something so many times and then we notice something really important and it clicks with us. I love moments like that!
The other thing that I noticed was, ‘finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.‘ This used to be straight-forward for me. I took the Bible literally and intended to follow it as obediently as I could – mainly out of fear of punishment. Taking a less ridged and dogmatic view leaves things much less clear. So, now, I try my best but know that Jesus loves me enough to make up the difference until I become like Him – in Heaven (whatever or wherever that is!).
Thank goodness for acceptance, grace, mercy, agape, and forgiveness.
© Hannah Kirk 2019