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Light Living

Light Living

21 August 2009

Scripture:

9 If anyone says, “I am living in the light,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness. 10 Anyone who loves other Christians is living in the light and does not cause anyone to stumble. 11 Anyone who hates a Christian brother or sister is living and walking in darkness. Such a person is lost, having been blinded by the darkness. (1 John 2:9-11 NLT)

Two of John’s often used words are “life” and “light.” John wanted his fellow-Christians to choose life and not death and to walk in the light and not darkness. In these verses John states clearly that living in the light involves loving other Christians and walking in darkness happens when we hate other Christians.

God so loved the world – the rebellious, sinful world, full of all that is repugnant to God – that he sent his only son to sacrifice his life for us and to be our savior. Jesus, God’s son, is the light. God’s acts of love are the light-way. If we’re acting out of love, we’re on the light-way. If we’re acting out of resentment, unforgiveness, judgment, and hate, we’re stumbling in the dark.

It’s really not that complicated. Light loves. Dark hates. I can tell which direction I’m going if I honestly look at my attitude toward others, especially those fellow Christ-followers with whom I find disharmony or disagreement.

Thoughts, words, and actions – that’s the usual progression. I’ve got to catch myself while it’s at the thought-level so that I don’t get caught in a spiral of darkness.

If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 NIV)

Prayer:

Father, I purpose to live and walk in the light today. This is not the effort of my will-power, but it is a decision of my will. I’m letting the light of your word and Spirit shine on my thoughts about others so that my words and my actions will reflect the light that is in Jesus (and in me!) Amen.

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