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Reprove Works of Darkness

Is it better to be politically correct or spiritually correct?

During my bible study today, this verse stood out to me.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesians 5:11

Lets start our understanding with some definitions:

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary to “reprove” means to:

  • to scold or correct
  • to express disapproval of
  • to express rebuke

According to online Web Results, to “express” means to:

  • to put (thought) into words; utter or state: to express an idea clearly.
  • to show, manifest, or reveal: to express one’s anger.
  • to set forth the opinions, feelings, etc., of (oneself), as in speaking, writing, or painting: He can express himself eloquently.
  • to represent by a symbol, character, figure, or formula: to express water as H 2 O; to express unknown quantities algebraically.
  • to send by express: to express a package or merchandise.
  • to press or squeeze out: to express the juice of grapes.
  • to exude or emit (a liquid, odor, etc.), as if under pressure: The roses expressed a sweet perfume.
  • Genetics. (of a gene) to be active in the production of (a protein or a phenotype).

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary says that “political correctness” is “agreeing with the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.”

Usually to be politically correct, we are expected to not express, not correct, and “overlook” darkness so we don’t offend others.  People are usually forced into political correctness by those in power.  Those in power usually control the financial rewards or punishment, such as  controlling the money or accessibility to resources, employment, raises for job performance, etc and are able to invoke financial punishment or removal of resources on those who don’t comply.

Political correctness might be in relation to a conversation that relates to a job, gender, school curriculum, sports, community programs, sexual orientation, or topics such as abortion, sexual immorality, rituals, holidays, marital affairs, worship of other gods and goddesses, etc.

So now we see that political correctness and spiritual correctness are not the same.  They are usually opposites of each other.  To overlook evil for the sake of not offending someone is not what we are instructed to do in the scriptures, and for good reason.  Political correctness is the opposite of love.  Though it may look like a loving thing to avoid offense, it is actually the opposite of true love.

As children of Father God and followers of his Son Jesus Christ, we cannot stay quiet about works of darkness.  Works of darkness are unfruitful and will lead to an eternity separated from God.  Our fruit will be judged, and we are warned not to participate in darkness, but to remain children of the light.

We are told to rebuke and correct works of darkness and lovingly pull our brothers (and sisters) from the fire ahead that results from sin before it is too late to save their souls from eternal damnation.  We are to lovingly and sternly warn them of what is up ahead at eternity so they can come out of darkness, repent, be saved by Jesus, and be transformed in to a new being.  They can be transformed by the Spirit of God and the renewing of their mind that is no longer in darkness, but now abides in light, the light of Father God and his Son.

When you read this verse in context, it’s meaning in this passage of scripture becomes even more clear.

Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;

And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.

But fornication (sexual immorality), and all uncleanness, or covetousness (wanting stuff and wanting what others have), let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;

Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting (mock, idle tale, tease, or witty remark), which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.

For this ye know, that no whoremonger (sex outside of marriage, or one who has sex with a prostitute), nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater (one who has idols or man made gods or puts their trust in man made systems and creations), hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Be not ye therefore partakers with them.

For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;

Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.

But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”   Ephesians 5:1-17

It is clearly wiser to be spiritually correct.

May we understand what it means to wake up to the truth, to walk as the wise, obey the commandments of Father God, reprove unfruitful works, walk in the light, walk in true love, and understand the will of the Lord God our creator.

Be wise and be blessed!

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God Is Light, And In Him Is No Darkness At All

I came across this passage during my bible study.  God is light.  This is a message for everyone.

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all

This verse comes from 1 John 1: 1-9

“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

God wants us to be in fellowship with him and walk in his light.  But to do so, we must believe he sent his Son to us and confess our sins to him so that we can be in the light of his presence.  Forgiveness comes when we believe through faith in Father God who loved us and that he sent his Son Jesus Christ to die in our place, and we confess our sins to him and accept his forgiveness.  The bible says he will forgive us when we ask and then we can walk in fellowship with the light who is God our heavenly Father.

It reminds me of another passage of scripture about the love of God and light: John 3:16-21

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.  He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

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Come, Ye Blessed Of My Father

If Jesus Christ showed up in your life today, at your church, job, or neighborhood, would you recognize him?

Would he stand out?

When he came the first time, he was of no reputation.  He didn’t stand out.

He didn’t hand out business cards.

He didn’t dress like a wealthy man.

“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:7-8

Would you notice him?

Would he look like the perfect gift to you?

Would you see the treasure that is in him?

Or would you ignore him?

If he asked for a drink of water from your water bottle, would you freely offer it to him?

If he asked you for money, would you walk on by or would you reach into your pocket and give him some dollar bills?

If he had no where to go, would you buy him a hotel room for the night? Or would you invite him to stay at your home on your couch for a night or a week or indefinately?

If he didn’t look dressed for church, or the office, or presentable to go to dinner, would you sit next to him?

Would you avoid him or try to prevent him from sitting in the most desired seat, where the wealthy in your community, or church, or the most esteemed in your job or neighborhood sit?  Would you willingly give him your seat?

Would you stop him from walking to the front of the church and taking the microphone to read the scriptures out loud?  Would you stop him from speaking from the pulpit, or leading the church in singing?

If he tried to share his gifts and talents would you let him?  Would you have eyes to see the perfect gift of God?

Would you have room in YOUR ministry for him?

Would you pass over his gifts, would your mind be clouded by his appearance and lack of degrees and fame?  Would you prevent him from handling the offering plate, or greeting others at the door, or even sitting up front in a noticable seat?

If he tried to speak up and tell you that he must share his gifts anyway possible, would you let him?  Or would you let him know he is not a good fit for your church, let him know you will pray for him, and wish him luck to move on and find a church he is a “better fit” for?

Do you even know the voice of the master?

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20

Would you recognize him?

Would you recognize someone he sent in his place?

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was hungry, and you gave me meat: I was thirsty, and you gave me drink: I was a stranger, and you took me in: Naked, and you clothed me: I was sick, and you visited me: I was in prison, and you came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when did we see you hungry, and fed you? or thirsty, and gave you drink? When did we see you as a stranger, and took you in? or naked, and clothed you? Or when did we see you sick, or in prison, and came to visit you?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, In as much as you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.”   Matthew 25:34-40


I pray that each of us can recognize each and every opportunity to be a blessing to those in need, and that we can see Jesus Christ in each person.  I pray we are found worthy and faithful servants, and we will hear those precious eternal words, “Come ye blessed of my Father.”

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Of No Reputation



With all the “puffing up” everyone does to make themselves look important,

the one who is True, the one who is Life, and the one who is the way to the

Kingdom of God, that we are to follow and live our lives as he did,

surprisingly didn’t puff himself up.


He did not boast, he did not create the smartest resume, or attain the

highest college degree, or wear the latest fashion.  He did not try to impress

anyone, he did not have business cards to hand out. He didn’t sell anything.


He simply came in His Father’s name, spoke truth in love, healed others and

met their needs, and only asked that they believe in and obey Father God

and believe that he sent his Son to save them through the gift of his life.  

“Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”
Philippians 2:5-8


May we learn to be more like Him, humble, filled with love, while we serve

each other in the Father’s name, as we trust, obey, and believe each day.


Be wise and be blessed!

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