When Loves Shines Through

The Life-Light blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.” (John 1:5 The Message)

Whether you’re speaking literally or figuratively, darkness can be terrifying, especially if you’re in a place you’ve never been before.

When my wife of more than 20 years left me, it was as if the light in my heart went out. Prayers seemed to bounce off the ceiling. My emotions were tanked, and I felt like a zombie. I would attend church out of habit, yet I knew God was there. I remember leaving church one morning and the Pastor, a dear friend, asked how I was doing. He hugged me and held me while I sobbed. His were the arms of Jesus to me.

Having just started an all-commission paying job, I had no money, as in not one penny. Different ones at church would shake my hand and give me $10 or $20. They were a light in the darkness.

On one occasion I went into the office of my apartment complex to give, yet another excuse for why my rent was going to be late. But this time was different, because I had no idea how I was going to pay. The young lady in the office smiled and said, “You don’t have to worry about it this month, you’re rent has been paid.”  Two of my Christian brothers had paid my rent. More light to guide me back to Jesus.

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Jesus said in John 8:12: “I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

One of the meanings of darkness as it’s used in the Bible is: “darkness due to want of light.” Have you ever been there? It’s miraculous to me as I begin to understand how God will prompt people to do and be things for us when we can’t do or be those things for ourselves. And it’s equally amazing how He prompts us to be and do for others. To me, that’s the beauty of being a child of God, a member of His eternal family, the Church.

Pastor Rick Warren said in one of his recent Daily Hope devotionals: “Unity in your church—and in the larger body of Christ—will have the same effect: People will see your love for each other and your common purpose in the Gospel. They’ll want to know what makes the difference. Then you’ll have boldness to tell them about the One who unites you.”

When the light of Christ’s love shines forth, it breaks through the darkness, not only of the negative circumstances of fellow believers, but also gives light to those who are walking in the darkness of being without Jesus. The light of Jesus’ love for them can be demonstrated in our love for one another in the Body of Christ, creating a hunger in the hearts and lives of those who have yet to believe, pointing them to Jesus.

One of the many values of being a believer in Christ and being united with His family in a local church, is that I’m never alone. God hasn’t just given me friends, He’s given me “brothers” and “sisters” who are fellow believers, filled with the light of His love, mercy, kindness, goodness, and who stand ready to hold me up in my times of need.

As I’ve mentioned numbers of times, I never know who is reading these words. I only know that God gives the words to me for someone. So, if you’re reading these words and you’re feeling alone, distraught, like no one cares or understands, please know this: God knows, and He cares! He’s ready to connect you with someone who will walk with you, care for you, love you, and who will lift you to the Lord daily in prayer. Let God’s love and light shine through to you.

If you’ve not yet yielded your life and allegiance to Jesus, please click on this link and see what it means to know and love Jesus. https://hutchcraft.com/the-bridge-to-god 

And, as always, if you would like to ask a question or request prayer, just click on my email, and leave me a message. It’s: walkingwithjesus09@gmail.com.

Blessings, Ed 😊

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