The Unfruitful Works of Darkness
As Christians we are expected to walk with the Lord. We are not meant to live as the world lives. The bible is explicit about this. God is very serious about the way we live in this world. As Christians we need to be a light to the unbelieving world, by the way we live our lives. We must set an example by our Godly living. This can be infectious to the people around us, and bring people to the Lord.
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
This is often easier said than done. This is especially true for young people. The pressure to fit in, can be overwhelming for most young people. Their choice is either fit in and do what they do or be an outcast, which is a scary thing to be. As an outcast, the darkness that is around you can be scary at times. These people are evil and if they know you are all alone they may try to mess with you. We must persevere. God will stand beside you, if you live righteously. He will protect you from evil if you live a godly life.
7 When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
When Christians do decide to live in darkness, evil can encompass them. At first, they may get away with it, but God is always watching. He wants us to bear good fruit, and when we live in darkness we bear no fruit. God will intervene in believers lives that want to live like the world lives. God will chasten these people and to get them into fellowship with him. This can be a very bitter experience for most people. The chastening of the Lord is a scary thing. He can take everything you have from you. Some people don't listen and continue living in the flesh. Often times God will simply kill them. Yes, I know it sounds brutal and harsh, but God does not take sin lightly. He burns unsaved people in hell forever, for this stuff. Sin is serious business to god.
I Corinthians 5
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
In these verses the man committing the sin of fornication could be taken from those people. Absent from the body, but present in spirit means, he would die and go to heaven. God held off from killing him, because he stopped doing that sin. Ultimately God wants every Christian to take on the character of Jesus Christ. For some of us, this can be a very difficult process. In my own life, I bore some very sad fruit and lived in darkness for a long time. This kind of life style provokes the chastening of Lord, and it can leave lasting scars and ptsd. We all must learn to walk in the spirit and not the flesh, to get the most out of our Christian life. Many people think we must reprove spiritual darkness in order to be saved. These people are deceived. They want to think that their good works is what gets them to heaven. This could not be further from the truth. It is by grace that we are saved. It is a free gift from God. All anyone has to do is believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ and they will go to heaven.
16 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.
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
I write about subjects like this from time to time, in hopes that others will avoid going
through what I did. I disobeyed God, and lived through some very dark and scary times.
Please avoid the mistakes that I made and reprove the unfruitful works of darkness. I hope
this was a blessing to you.