Don't be Blinded by the Darkness, Live in the Light
“Anyone who loves another brother or sister is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble. But anyone who hates another brother or sister is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.” ~ 1 John 2:10-11
Have you ever been camping in a dark woods? Or maybe been on one of those cave tours where they turn off the lights at some point so you can see just how dark things truly are? If so, you have some idea what it’s like to be blinded by darkness. You have no idea what way to go. Is there a tree branch there or maybe a sheer drop-off? How thankful you were when someone shined a light!
In our world today, many people are so blinded by the darkness in which they are living that they curse the light when it shines on them. They think that light bearers are being mean to shine a light on things. They don’t realize that those who shine light aren’t doing so out of hatred, they are doing so out of love to show them the path and the way they should go.
As Christians, we should remember to not only live in the light ourselves but shine it brightly for those around us. Do not walk in hatred and darkness. Live in love and let your light shine!
"16 for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see--
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
17 He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together."~ Colossians 1:16-17
Trials. Sorrows. We all have them. They are a part of the human condition. The trick is to remember that we are admonished to 'consider it all joy.' ~ James 1:2 How can we find joy in the midst of our trials? It is because through the testing of our faith we have the opportunity to develop grit,determination, staying power, call it what you will. We are being given a spiritual workout.
As with our physical well being, our spiritual well being is greatly dependent on what we take in. If we want to be able to endure, we need to make sure that we have the right fuel. We need to have God's word hidden in our heart so that when our times of hardship come, we will have a well to draw upon.