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Living As Children Of Light

Updated on June 29, 2010

Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus addresses many behavioral issues. As Christians, we are called to be "imitators of God." Without the power of the Holy Spirit, it is an uphill battle.


In Chapter 4 of the book of Ephesians, Paul clearly spells out the ways we are "to put off the old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires (4:22), and "to be made new in the attitude of the mind; (4:23), and "to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." (4:24).



We ALL have NATURAL "vices" in our life that run rampant within us when we don't have the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. As believers in Christ, we are called to rid ourselves of these things:

~ Falsehood - 4:25

~ Slander - 4:31 - speaking evil of a person

~ Bitterness 4:31- smoldering resentment

~ Malice 4:31 - revengeful

~ Rage - 4:31 - violent uncontrolled anger

~ Obscenity 5:4 - profanity

~ Anger - 4:31 - settled internal resentment

~ Foolish talk 5:4 rash, brainless talk

~ Brawling - 4:31 - violent public outbursts

~ Coarse joking 5:4 - rude; sarcastic





Instead, we are called to live as children of light, putting on SUPERNATURAL graces that are given to us when we ask God.

~ truthful - speak the truth in loveĀ  4:15,25

~ helpful - edifying; building up 4:29

~ necessary - as it fits the need 4:29

~ beneficial - gracious to the hearer 4:29

~ kind - caring 4:32

~ compassionate - concern for others 4:32

~ forgiving - stop feeling angry or resentful 4:32B


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    • Catlyn profile imageAUTHOR

      Catlyn 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Kim, I am glad that this Hub blessed you! All to HIS glory!!

    • Catlyn profile imageAUTHOR

      Catlyn 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      DeBorrah ~ I appreciate you reading the Hub and commenting. Now, more than ever, we are called to encourage one another in the faith. And you are right about the spiritual armor being another gift to us in this epistle.

      Blessings to you until He comes!

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      Kim Garcia 

      8 years ago

      Very well said!! You speak Truth!! And we all need to be reminded of the fruit of the Spirit every once in a while. Thank you for this post!! Be Blessed! ~K

    • DeBorrah K. Ogans profile image

      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      Catlyn,

      This is an absolutely wonderful hub! It is well written and you have presented some very helpful information in an easy flowing format.

      I love the Book of Ephesians. It tells us who we are in Jesus Christ and provides us with principles for living as well as the spiritual armor. You have showcased many of its principles.

      Yes, I agree "we are called to be children of the LIGHT!" Again you have done a wonderful job!

      Blessings

    • Catlyn profile imageAUTHOR

      Catlyn 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Thank you Stix, for reading and commenting. I look forward to reading your Hubs as well.

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      StixBrown 

      8 years ago

      Great hub Catlyn. I always need to remember the things you've talked about here. Thank you!

    • Catlyn profile imageAUTHOR

      Catlyn 

      8 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      the fount ~ thanks for stopping by and your comment. Glad I can be used as a reminder of our call as believers.

      Blessings to you as well

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      thefount 

      8 years ago from North Central Louisiana

      I'm so glad that God relates to us in the same way He outlines for us to relate to others, and that He made the way possible for us to rely on His higher thoughts, His higher Words and His higher ways over and against the limited, deceptive and vain notions of the I-god (self).

      Thank you for this wonderful hub Catlyn. It's short, simple and straight to the point.

      Continue To Be Blessed!

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      Universal Laws 

      9 years ago from UNIVERSE

      The spirit is who we truly are but I have a feeling that you are saying something else behind this statement.

      When we rely on our spirit/soul to be master then we can and will transform. I "kinow" this to be true and I have never relied on the bible to do this but have used many pieces of ancient knowledge and new knowledge that has come my way.

      It is important that people know that they do not have to belong to the religious fraternity to become who they truly are successfully and easily. It requires a knowledge of oneself and the process of evolving the spirit to be the guiding light in their lives.

      We are all one whether we have a copy of the bible or not!

      Namaste

    • Catlyn profile imageAUTHOR

      Catlyn 

      9 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      BJC - Thanks for stopping by and reading the Hub.

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      BJC 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Thank-you for this well put together article.

      BJC

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      Catlyn 

      9 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

      Vladimir, ElElyone, and U Laws, thanks for reading and commenting on the Hub.

      You are right, U Law, that we must first admit/knowledge our "shadows" - or corrupted self, as the Bible puts it -- BUT only when we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit, then can we be truly transformed.

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      Universal Laws 

      9 years ago from UNIVERSE

      "putting on" and "imitating" is the world that is being de constructed!!!!

      We are moving into the light which requires people to own their shadows and transform this into who they truly are by doing the necessary work.

      Namaste

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      ElElyone 

      9 years ago

      Great reminder as I continue the saga that is.....

      HUB WARS !!!

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      9 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Very good hub Catlyn. Thanks.

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