This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 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.
Written by: John Esposito
Several years ago, I worked in an office that had a common trash bin for many of the small businesses in the complex. It was a large container that was picked up by the city about once a week. Over time, trash would accumulate around the trash bin. Pieces of cardboard became wet and soggy and began to mildew. It also started to stink!
So one day, I decided to do my civic duty and started to clean up the trash and debris that had been mounting up. As I pulled away the smelly, molding, and damp cardboard, a group of large roaches began to scurry around! They had been exposed to the light and did not like the clean, fresh air. They were satisfied in their own darkness, and glad to be living in the filth that surrounded them.
The scriptures for today say the same about those who do evil—they fear the true light. Those who allow the “darkness” of their deeds be known to Jesus and ask Him to change their lives have this great Word of encouragement: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
Thought of the day: We can choose to stay “under the smelly, moldy cardboard” and live in a contaminated environment, or we can call upon our Savior and begin a new life in the wonderful Kingdom of God.
Prayer: God, I praise You for loving me and desiring for me to be with You in Your uncontaminated environment. Help me to learn to put away the things You detest and to walk with You in the ways in which You find delight. Amen.