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Ephesians 5:9: Fruit of Light

Ephesians 5:9
[9] (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 
(ESV)

As we have already discovered, light is a wonderful thing.  I found the following on the website of North Carolina State University:


  • Natural light boosts your body's vitamin D storage
  • Natural light leads to higher productivity
  • Natural light benefits vision
  • Natural light helps you sleep
  • Natural light improves your mood.

You could probably list all kinds of additional benefits of light.  God is light. And all that proceeds from God is good.  Paul is talking here about the fruit of light.  We could say the fruit of light would be the product, result, or benefit of light.  So, lets consider how "walking in the light" bears fruit. Paul just made clear in verse 8 that we are to walk as children of light.

He tells us in today's verse that the fruit of this "light walking" will be all that is good and right and true.  The Apostle John also uses this imagery of light.  And he talks about what happens if we walk in the light.  Consider his words:

1 John 1:7
[7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (ESV)

Consider this beautiful truth.  If we are walking in the light we will have a right relationship with God and a right relationship with our fellow man.  It is that simple.  How sad it is that so many people who claim to know Christ are blocking the light of Christ in their lives.  As they hold on to grudges, bitterness, and continual sins they negate the beautiful effect that the light of Christ can have both on them and those around them.

When others look at your light do they see all that is good and right and true?  Is there an area of sin that you are holding on to that is blocking the Savior's light?  

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