In verse 10, Paul talks about “trying to discern what is pleasing to the Lord”. It carries the idea of testing or proving to learn by clear and convincing evidence what is truly honoring to God. As believers walk in the light of the truth, the knowledge of the Lord’s will becomes increasingly clear. However, equally important and significant to walking in the light, is to avoid the “fruitless deeds of darkness” or any pleasure or activity that results in sin. Moreover, take a closer look at verse 11 and you will see something very interesting. Paul is actually instructing believers not only to avoid these deeds of darkness, but to also expose these things because our silence may be construed as approval. God wants His people to stand for what is right and speak out against evil in our midst.
Questions for further thought:
1. How can I be a change agent against “fruitless deeds of darkness?
2. In what ways can I look to expose and war against those things that are ungodly by speaking the truth in love?
Challenge: Pray that God would place His desires within your heart so that you would delight to do His will.
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