Friday, May 17, 2013

John 1:5

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 
(John 1:5, ESV)
It doesn't always feel this way.

Much of the time, I feel as if the darkness is constantly overcoming the light. It seems to me that the darkness, quite often, swirls around the light, crushing in upon it. The darkness stamps out the light in most areas of the world, at least that is the way it looks to me.

But this verse sets me straight.

Darkness does not overcome light. When the light shines in the darkness, the darkness does not overcome it.  Darkness, really, is simply the absence of light. Well, at least that is true in the physical world. But it might also be true of the spiritual. The light shines into the darkness.

Some take this to mean that they need to force their way of thought, either politically or literally. But this is not the way of light.  For light to shine, it needs to truly be light.  The light that shines should shine as Jesus did: humility, service, patience, kindness, and most of all, love.

Go shine your light today because the darkness did not overcome the light.

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