SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 2011
“But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” John 3:21
If you are in a dark room and you step out into the light it can make you wince. Once your eyes adjust, you know you are in a better place. This seems to be the nature of Jesus’ illustration. Jesus is challenging us to live honestly before God so that God’s light can shine into our hearts and minds. Someone said, when we stand before God and step out into His light, our actions are revealed and our soul is laid bare.
Those who love sin hate the light because the light exposes their sinfulness. The best way to reveal the crookedness of one stick is to place a straight stick beside it. In the same way, the light of God reveals all sin and perversity. When we come into the light of God, and realize our utter sinfulness before God, then we will trust Jesus as our Saviour and thus be born again through faith. Once we accept Jesus as our Saviour, then the purpose of the light is to illuminate our lives and show us where we need to change and how the love of God can continue to grow in our hearts and minds.
- Praise God for who He is
- Confess your sinfulness and need for cleansing
- Allow His Spirit to draw you near
- Listen as He speaks to you
- Pray that God helps us understand His love for us
- Pray that God helps us to stand before Him in truth of who we are
- Thank God for hearing you
- Trust that God is at work to accomplish His will
What’s happening around us?
One in five people in Ontario will experience a mental health problem at some point in his/her lifetime. The Grand River Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the recovery of people experiencing mental health issues. The lifeblood of the CMHA is their volunteers who help in capacities such as: special projects fundraising; administrative work such as database entry or word processing; confidential listening to callers of the Distress Centre; becoming a member of the Working Against Youth Violence Everywhere team to eradicate youth violence, bullying and racism.