Jesus Christ said, “It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer.”

How to Walk in the Light, Part 4 — Ephesians 5:8-12 (Revive the Family, Revive the Church, Awaken the Nation, O Lord #15)

A series of homilies on Ephesians 5 & 6

A homily is “a short talk on a religious or moral topic; a usually short sermon; a lecture or discourse on or of a biblical theme.”

I am sharing a verse-by-verse series of short messages on Ephesians 5 & 6 (as well as other passages of Scripture) specifically targeted at reviving families and encouraging and exhorting husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, and children to do what God has commanded them to do, for if the church is to be revived and the country is to be awakened, the family must be revived first.

Ephesians 5:8-12:

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

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

10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

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

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


Matthew Henry said, “If therefore our houses be houses of the Lord, we shall for that reason love home, reckoning our daily devotion the sweetest of our daily delights; and our family-worship the most valuable of our family-comforts… A church in the house will be a good legacy, nay, it will be a good inheritance, to be left to your children after you.”

Leonard Ravenhill said, “The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity.”

One way in which we can please God is by not associating ourselves with sinful behavior. We ought not to ‘have fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.’ We ought not to be sinning, and we ought not to allow others to draw us into their sin. This is not just in reference to the world, but to the church and family as well. If a fellow believer or family member is sinning, we are obligated to warn them about their sins and the consequences they will face.

In commenting on this passage, H.W. Hoehner said, “Christians are forbidden to be ‘sharers together’ with the sons of disobedience; they are told not to take part with unbelievers’ actions. Christians, by conducting themselves as ‘children of light,’ expose the ‘deeds of darkness.’ These deeds, however, refer here to the deeds of other believers who are not walking in the light. This is because only God can expose and convict unbelievers’ deeds. Believers, on the other hand, can expose evil deeds among other Christians within the church.”

Our attitude toward sin ought to be similar to what is described in verse 12: “For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.” Sin ought not to even be a topic of discussion among believers. This does not mean that we shove things under the rug and pretend they don’t exist. Rather, it means that we are to do as we are commanded in verse 11: “reprove them.” This term means to rebuke someone or tell them about a fault. We ought not to make someone’s sin a topic of gossip. Our goal ought to be to convince the brother or sister who is sinning to get out from under Satan’s shadow and come back to the path of light.

Let’s pray.