1 John 4:7
My dear friends, we must love each other. Love comes from God, and when we love each other, it shows we have been given NEW life. God is love, and anyone who doesn’t love others has never KNOWN HIM.
Today my Reading in the Word of God started with John 8:12 (CEV), “I am the light of the world! Follow me and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life.” All translations use variations of those four words “walk, dark, light, life”, but a few phrase them in very down-to-earth ways:
ERV – never live in darkness
GW – a life filled with light
TLB – stumbling through darkness/living light will flood your path
NIRV – they will have that light/they will have life
NLT – the light that leads to life
VOICE – the nourishing light that gives life
How it must have been like to live dependent on growing the food – how utterly important the sun was because it grew the crops – along with the rain that must fall. (So rain is not a tragedy- but I’ll save that for another post.)
You probably know where this is going. The light of the sun… The light of the son. How truly different our lives are when the son is really shining in/on/through/around us. He gives us a life of light and love. He offers us serenity. He drapes onto us a glowing, life-giving belief, a faith that changes the way we live – the attitude we consciously CHOOSE, with consideration IN all things (people, places, and events), and careful consideration OF ALL things, and not just our own individual, familial, familiar things.
In this imagery, hate and fear are the darkness that scared the bejesus out of our ancestors (and still can?) And hate is still ok to have – I hate the ignorance people have of/about God, the Creator, regardless if it’s by choice or by circumstances. I hate the not knowing and not caring/wanting to know, especially because it’s all right there in the Bible, one book away, just begging to be read.