Romans 13:12 The Night Is Almost Over

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

Without a vision or hope for the future, people only see today. They struggle with seeing that there is a new day coming, in which things will be different.

With not being able to see tomorrow, many want to live life up today. They want to eat, drink and be merry today, because there is no tomorrow. Enjoying life in the moment with no cares for the next day is the common thought for many.

Paul says that the night is nearly over and day is coming. With that in mind, people are to put off the things of darkness and put on the clothing of light.

As believers look around them, often all they see is extreme darkness and sin. Communities around them are promoting sin and sinful activities more and more. The world appears to be black as ever, with no hope of the light of a new day.

Going through a physical night, it is always the darkest right before the sun arises on the horizon. During this time of darkness, day may feel like it will never come, but it will and does.

Although the world appears to be as dark as ever, believers have the hope of a new day, a new life coming. It is only a short matter of time before Jesus returns and a new day has begun.

Knowing this, believers are to put off the sinful deeds of darkness and sin. As the world steps deeper into sin, the believer should be leaving behind the life of sin. He is to put on God’s armor of light and live a holy and righteous life before God and man. This keeps him ready for the new day that is coming.

God has called you out of a life of darkness of sin and death into His life of light and righteousness. Though you live in a dark and sinful world, you are to be separate with the hope that is in you.

Do not give up living a righteous life before God, because the new day is coming when sin and suffering will be done away with. Hold on to the hope that God has placed in you, knowing you will win with God in the end.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will see the day of Jesus’ return coming; that you will turn to God away from sin; and that you will put on God’s armor of light.

Romans 13:12 Put Aside And Put On

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Romans 13:12

Night is always known for darkness. Not only the darkness of the absence of light, but also darkness of deeds and actions.

The majority of robberies, violence and other crimes occur in the darkness of night. Those who do those things, do them in the night, because they do not want to be exposed or seen in the light of day. When day begins to approach, many will stop doing the crimes.

Paul just pointed out that salvation is nearer than ever before. Salvation comes in the morning, so one is to stop doing evil deeds and put on God’s armor of light.

Just as the world lives in sinful ways, there are many believers who continue to purposefully live in sinful ways in the same way. They continue to sin, thinking that no one, nor God can see them or cares. Some of this is done behind closed doors or in the mind, while some is done openly.

Many believe that they have time to repent and change later, rather than right away. Others feel that it is acceptable to stay in sin, because of God’s great mercy and grace upon them.

In both cases, people are not realizing that day is approaching where God’s light will reveal their sinful acts. It is also difficult to turn from sin when one does not realize that salvation is right around the corner and all temptation will be done away with.

Every believer must realize that Jesus died to take away their sin, not so they can sin more, but that they may sin less and remain sinless. They must be ready to wake up, by getting rid of sinful acts, for their salvation is near.

Examine your life and see if you are allowing any sinful habits in your life. Know that Jesus is returning soon or God may require your life soon. Your salvation is coming.

Turn away from all sin. Stop doing what is against God and His word. Put on the armor of light, God’s armor. Live as God has called you to live your life, not as the world lives, but holy and righteous.

Time to change is running out. The day is almost here when you time is up.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn away from all sinful ways of living; that you will live in the light of God’s word; that you will know your salvation is coming; and that God will strengthen you to live for Him.