Fifth Month 11

As Light Is Sown

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord. … – Ephesians 5:8-12 (NIV)

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One of the earliest names for the Quaker movement was Children of the Light. Here we have one of its appearances in Scripture.

Paul presents us with a sense of awakening as we respond to the Light, and then growth. He points us to a faith of action, rather than speculation. This new life, for all of its benefits to others, has one goal: to bless God, in return!

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Though the Love of God hath taught us to be kindly affectionated towards all, and to be pitiful, notwithstanding we are grieved to behold the sad and woful State of the wicked…

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