Love, Light and Seeing Clearly

Lighthouse from unsplashGod is love.  (1 John 4:8)  God is light.  (1 John 1:5)  If we love our brothers and sisters, then we live in God’s light.  (1 John 2:10)

Who doesn’t want to live in the light of God?

Everything of God would look bright, intensely sharp, and clearly discernible, and according to John the light of God is available to us when we love our brothers and sisters. On the other hand, if we hate a brother or sister, we would not have access to God’s brilliant light.  We’d be stumbling around in the darkness, bumping into things, and not knowing where we are going.

That is perhaps a helpful truth to consider in today’s angry, not-so-loving political climate. People are frustrated, and many for good reason, but how can anyone honestly expect to see a situation clearly when blinded by hate or indignation?

I’m an idealist, I know, and the reality is that politics is rarely based on love, but humor me for a minute.  If our leaders were motivated by love for the people they want to lead instead of by power or self-interest or a desire to assert their ideas, our political environment would be cleaner, brighter, and far more discernible.  We’d all be squinting at first, protecting our eyes, like small children waking up in the dark and walking into a well lit room.

But soon, as our eyes adjusted, we would be able to see clearly.

Love for the people of God…

is the secret to the light of God…

and the light of God is necessary to see accurately.

How have you experienced the light of God?

“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

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  1. “How have you experienced the light of God?”

    I gave my life to the Lord on May 20, 1985, and the next morning I woke up and went outside and sat on a lawn chair. The very first thing to strike me was the grass was greener, the sky bluer, and all of the colors were so much sharper and full of life.

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