And the judgment is based on this fact:
God’s Light came into the world,
but people loved the darkness more than the light,
for their actions were evil.
All who do evil hate the Light
and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.
But those who do what is right come to the Light
so others can see that they are doing what God wants.
John 3:19-21 NLT
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If you had the choice to walk through a dark cave with a flashlight or without a flashlight, which would you choose? If you have ever visited a cave and the guide turned off all the lights, you know just how dark that cave is. You literally can’t see your hand in front of your face. To take even one step in that darkness could lead to you falling into an unseen pit, possibly even to your death. You need the light from the flashlight to find your way safely out of the cave.
There are many people who prefer to walk in spiritual darkness because they are doing things that are wrong or their motive is wrong. They don’t want to have those things exposed by God’s Light—Jesus. They would rather take the chance of ‘falling into a pit’ than to give up their evil actions. Ultimately, unless they repent and turn from their sinful ways, they will stand before God and He will judge them for their deeds and they will go to the pit of hell. That’s not what God wants, that’s what people choose.
But the way of the wicked is like total darkness.
They have no idea what they are stumbling over.
God sent Jesus, The Light, to the world to rid the world of the darkness of sin. When evil is exposed and a person sees their sin, repents, and asks forgiveness, they can walk in the Light, and they will begin to do “what is right.”
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and His life brought light to everyone.
The Light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness can never extinguish it.
For once you were full of darkness,
but now you have light from the Lord.
So live as people of light!
The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
As followers of Jesus, you and I walk in His Light. We want to do what is right because that is what God wants. When we sin, His Light will show us and He will forgive us when we ask (1 John 1:7-9). When our actions please God, others will see and be exposed to His Light and be drawn to Him. As God sent out Paul, so He sends us:
Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles to open their eyes,
so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.
Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins
and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in Me.
Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before Thee,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the Light of day!
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Father God, I pray that our hearts will open like an ‘unfolding flower’ to Your Son, Jesus, The True Light. May Your Light shining through us drive the “clouds of sin and sadness, and the dark of doubt away.” Fill us, Lord, with Your Light so that others will be drawn to You. We adore You, God of glory, Lord of love, Light Everlasting! In Jesus’ Precious Name, we pray. Amen, It Is So!