Our Light of Life

As I reached to turn on the little lamp beside my bed this morning, I remembered that there have been a couple of times when I pulled the chain that the light flickered and went out. I had to replace the bulb because it no longer gave out any light. Thank God that we have a light that will never flicker or go out and His name is Jesus.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. John 8:12 KJV

He is the light of the world and the light of life. He is the precious Son of God and His name is above all names. He is to be respected, cherished, adored, loved, honored, obeyed and held in the highest esteem. There is no other name like the name of Jesus. It is an honor and privilege just to think about Him, much less say His name.

Many times we walk in the darkness of the world by becoming involved in pornography. I have received emails from people whose hearts are broken because they have loved ones who have become addicted to this terrible thing. People who have been trapped in this addiction not only hurt their loved ones, they hurt Jesus. Yet, we are not to judge and condemn. That is God’s right. We are to pray for these people because God loves them as much as He loves us.

None of us are perfect and it’s time that we stop pointing the finger at someone else. A pastor friend of mine once said in his sermon “If you will keep your own heart right before God, you won’t have time to criticize and judge other people.”

I have found that the pastor was correct. It is a full time job to keep my heart right before our Heavenly Father. He is a Holy God and He can’t tolerate sin. So often we put labels on sin and say that one sin is worse than the other sin. That is not a true statement. How many times have we said that somebody should be executed or put in prison for killing someone?

If the truth were known, every person alive should be put in prison because all of us at one time or another has said something that hurt someone else and killed their self confidence. We might as well have pulled the trigger on a gun and shot them. What we did was plunge a long sharp knife deep into their hearts. May God forgive us for condemning others when we have no right to do so!

If you are walking in the darkness of sin, reach out to Jesus and allow Him to illuminate your heart with His unconditional love, forgiveness, mercy and grace. You will have a peace in your heart that you have never known. You can go to Him in confidence knowing that He will not condemn you because He is a gracious, understanding, merciful and loving Saviour. Thank You, Jesus, for shining Your light of love in a world filled with darkness.