Light of the World

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Many years ago when I taught science, I enjoyed teaching my students about the spectrum of light and the rainbow of colors that appear when light is refracted.  Whether it is a rainbow, a sunset, a prism or cut glass, refracted light always reveals the same order of colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet (Roy G. Biv). It’s unchangeable and consistent.

Isn’t it interesting how many of the characteristics of light seem to reflect certain attributes of God?  Just as the spectrum of light is unchangeable, so our glorious God is immutable and unchangeable. The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” It’s no wonder that the beloved disciple John uses the metaphor of light to describe God.

 

God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

 

Darkness can’t overtake the light, but light drives out or dispels the darkness. Throughout scripture, light refers to holiness, purity and truth, while darkness is compared to evil and sin. God is completely holy and represents absolute purity. There is no sin in Him, not even the smallest portion. Darkness is a place where things are hidden, but when God shines His light in our lives, He not only reveals sin, but He also offers forgiveness through Jesus. He opens our eyes to see things we may have never seen before and guides us down a new path.

 

He lights up our spiritual eyes to see.

 

May we bask in the radiance of His love, as He lights our paths and guides our way through this dark world. This Holy season points us to Jesus – the Light of the World. As we enjoy the lights and splendor of Christmas let us joyfully reflect on the One True Light and turn our hearts toward Him.

 

Praise you Light of the World. Thank you for the warmth of your love and the light of your wisdom. Continue to lead us and guide us along Your path. Shine your light on the dark corners of our lives. Help us to shine your light so that others may know your love.

 

Photo by Charlotte Coneybeer on Unsplash

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A portion of this blog is an excerpt from my book Unfailing Love.

Believe – 25 Positive Words, Day 19

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You’ve heard it said, “Seeing is believing,” but Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen and still believe.” God is not asking us to have a blind faith, for He has revealed himself through His creation, in His word and most importantly, in Jesus. May our love grow deeper and our faith stronger as we worship Him this holiday season.

“Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved.”  Acts 16:31

Read – 25 Positive Words, Day 17

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Like it or not, reading can be a positive word in your life. Reading allows us to learn, grow and reflect on great truths, new concepts or simply delightful tales of intrigue. What exercise is to the body, reading is to the mind. Let us be wise in what we choose to read – not all reading elevates the heart and mind. Most important, read God’s living and powerful word, the Bible, everyday. Within its pages you will find hope, strength, encouragement, wisdom and love.

Charlie Tremendous Jones often said, “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

Grow – 25 Positive Words, Day 6

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A great question to ask ourselves when we experience a challenge of any kind is, “How can I grow from this?” It is good for us to be open to what God wants to teach us in the classroom of life. As we learn and grow and develop new skills, we can use our gifts to be a blessing to others. Most important, we want to grow deeper in our faith and love for Jesus. As the apostle Paul wrote, “Let your roots grow down deep into Christ.” As we allow our roots to grow deep in Him, we are strengthened and nourished to face both life’s blessings and challenges.

Forgive

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The greatest gift we can give another person is the gift of forgiveness. Let it go. Release the right to hold something over another person, and place the issue into God’s just and loving hands. Forgiveness doesn’t mean it’s okay for someone to hurt you. Set wise boundaries if necessary. Forgiveness isn’t always easy, but it eases you of the burden of bitterness, anger and disappointment. As we celebrate the One who came to offer us forgiveness for all our sins, let us honor Him by living with a forgiving heart.