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Paul on Spiritual Covering II: Beware of "Safe Harbor"

Now, brothers and sisters, we don’t need to write to you about times and dates. You know very well that the day the Lord comes again will be {a surprise} like a thief who comes at night. People will say, “We have peace and we are safe.” At that time destruction will come to them quickly. Destruction will come like the pains of a woman who is having a baby. And those people will not escape. But you, brothers and sisters, are not living in darkness (sin). And so that day will not surprise you like a thief. You are all people who belong to the light (goodness). You belong to the day. We don’t belong to the night or to darkness (evil). So we should not be like other people. We should not be sleeping. We should be awake and have self-control. People who sleep, sleep at night. People who get drunk, get drunk at night. But we belong to the day (goodness), so we should control ourselves. We should wear faith and love to protect us. And the hope of salvation should be our helmet. God did not choose us to suffer his anger. God chose us to have salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus died for us so that we can live together with him. It is not important if we are alive or dead {when Jesus comes}. So encourage each other and make each other stronger {in faith}. And you are doing that now.
--- 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (ERV)





In this passage, Paul again refers to the Armor of God as protection, and here further warns against claims of safety by men. He shows that the light is our protection and we become the light by letting go of earthly passions: greed, hatred, anger (but only anger is mentioned specifically). We (any one of us) cannot provide blanket 'cover' for others. We can only help others protect themselves by shining our own light and encouraging them to do the same.

Read here clearly, hiding (in darkness) from the enemy is a good way to invite darkness into your life. Shining your light brightly is the promised way to keep darkness out of your life. The brighter your own light gets, the easier it is to see the dark.