Monday, September 15, 2014

Thought of the Day !

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."
                                                                     John 8:12 (NIV)
When the light is turned on in a room, all in that room is seen.  We see the television in the corner, or the picture on the wall that we bought because it made us feel good.  We may see that comfortable chair that we have sat in many times before, or that certain item that we've been looking all over for.  But there are other things that can become painfully visible to us as well.  The dust that has piled up an inch thick or the stack of bills that is a reminder to us that they're all due now.  The point is, we see the good and the bad when the light is turned on. 
Jesus said, in the Gospel of John, that the light came into the world but the world loved darkness.  Think about that room and it's reminders of a cleaning that is needed or debts owed.  When the light comes into our lives, we see the greatness of God, but we also see the same as in the room I just mentioned.  We don't want to be reminded that our lives have become dirty or that we owe a debt to the one who created us.  We don't want to know that things are not as perfect as the front we put up.  And so, seeing the light can hurt.  But the light is not turned on to make us miserable.  It's turned on so that change can happen.  And when this change happens, we will be made better and happier people. 
The only way to be really happy is to be clean and debt free.  And the only way we can be clean and debt free is through the powerful love and forgiveness that comes from the light of Christ.
In the love of Christ,


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