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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Necessity of Light

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you,
that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
~ 1 John 1:5 (NKJV)

We need light for not only our bodies [see Monday's post, "Fatality of Darkness"], but for our minds—the light of God's Word is knowledge for the intellect (lest we stumble in ignorance, Psalm 119:105), and the light of His Spirit is sanity, or soundness of mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

If human spirit is life force and human soul is personality and psyche, then spirit needs light to have fellowship with its Maker (Psalms 36:9; 1 John 1:7), and soul needs light to be free of anguish and distress (Psalms 27:1; John 14:27).

If light is needed by the heart—by the emotion, in feeling—I think it must be the heart's assurance of knowing fulfilled purpose through another (Song 8:10). That is, the heart knows contentment in its union with God when we are one with His Spirit and His light shines in us (Matthew 5:14-16).

Whichever part of us lacks light, that part of us will surely taste death.

"Put your trust in the light while you have the light,
so that you may become children of light."
~ John 12:36 (TNIV)

Beloved Lord, we can only begin to comprehend the beauty of the light that You are. Please give us hunger for Your light—and satisfy us.

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  1. you're right! and what a great compliment this was to yesterday's post. inside versus outside! you covered it well! i can relate to some of this for this week in regard to fear.

  2. What a beautiful post, Anne! And so apt. I'm reading C.S. Lewis, and love what he says about Christianity: it's like the can't look at it directly, but by it you see everything else.

    May God bless you richly today!

  3. Enlightening! I think it's cool that the Light that temporarily blinded Saul/Paul lit his way the rest of his life and illuminates us still today. Thanks Anne - keep shining

  4. so...i'm back again as this post has been on my mind all day. you made every word count in this one, it seems and i'm furiously chewing on it. for sure i will look at again in the coming days.

  5. Gwen ~

    And so our feeble and continual efforts to define these elusive elements of faith, hope and love, which are so necessary, and cannot be abstract, even as they defy shape.

  6. Doug ~

    You've made me smile to think of how potent Light really is.

  7. Bud ~

    There's just one more post planned on the topic Light, for Saturday, though its certainly my intent that Light be here in abundance in every post. I've been making a conscious effort to keep posts shorter, and if that gives greater weight to each word, then I praise God for how He may be at work.

  8. Amen. Thank you, Anne.

  9. Jason ~

    Thanks for being an encouragement here so faithfully. :D

  10. "Whichever part of us lacks light, that part of us will surely taste death." came to this same conclusion on my own today, although not as eloquently.

  11. Tana ~

    I love when the Holy Spirit confirms something by speaking it to us separately. : )

    (And thanks for that pretty adverb. You can use all the -ly words with me that you want! ♥)


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