This then is the message which we have heard of Him, and declare to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. – I John 1:5
“God is light.” The light is a reference to God’s holiness, His perfect purity.
God speaks through the mouth of His prophet, Moses, which is reiterated by the Apostle Peter. – “You be holy; for I am holy” (I Peter 1:16, Leviticus 11:44, 45).
We are exhorted to be holy like our heavenly Father, we are called to be reflections of His light.
Jesus said, “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when your eye is single, (focused on the things of God) your whole body also is full of light; but when your eye is evil, your body also is full of darkness.
Take heed therefore that the light which is in you not be darkness.
If your whole body therefore is full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle gives you light (Luke 11:34-36).
You are the light of the world, a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
We have to let our light shine, which means we have to set aside all those things that prevent the Lord from shining though us, because without Jesus we can do nothing (John 15:5).
He works with the will. We have to want to crawl out from under our bushels and be willing to let Him change us into the holy people He wants us to be.
He wants us to be reflections of His love, joy, peace, mercy, kindness, gentleness, goodness, meekness, faithfulness, self-control and patience (Galatians 5:22,23).
We can’t hope to see others changed, unless we are first willing to be changed.
God said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3) and created a whole new world. Let Him create a whole new world in you, filled with the light that is your heavenly Father shining through you.
Copyright 2022 by H. D. Shively
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