For you were sometimes darkness, but now are you light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
That deep-lunged, red-blooded preacher, Sydney Smith, used to throw open the shutters to the morning sun, saying, "Let us glorify the room!" Both conscience and temperament led him, also, to insist on flooding the dark places of the moral world with cheerfulness, which is the sunshine of the spirit. Thus he constantly advocated the wisdom of what he called "short views" of life. It was obvious, he thought, that the larger part of our worries and perplexities came from the anticipation of evils. He insisted that if we were happy now, or at least not miserable, or even not overborne by the trouble of the hour, we might logically infer — nay, we should even make it a duty to suppose — that tomorrow, or next week, or next year, would also bring its balance of compensation and resistance. Every substantial grief or danger, he used to say, was accompanied by twenty shadows, and most of these are of our own making.
Parallel VersesKJV: For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
WEB: For you were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord. Walk as children of light,