The Lighter Side

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Scripture Reading: 1 John 1

Sometimes life can feel stagnant, boring, bleak – like we are in a rut. We may feel hopeless at times. But have you ever looked through a kaleidoscope? It is a toy consisting of a tube containing mirrors and pieces of colored glass, whose reflections produce changing patterns when viewed through an eyehole.

In a similar way, when we allow God’s light to shine through us, we can reflect his love into our lives, changing the way we view not only ourselves, but others, and our entire purpose in life. God’s light can bring joy, peace and beauty to our lives.

Genesis 1:3-4
3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness.

In 1 John, Chapter 1, we learn that while it is important to recognize the lines between truth and error, it must always be done in a spirit of love. We all go through ups and downs as we live in our Christian faith and often feel ourselves blown about by the winds of emotion or our present circumstances. Yet God calls us to live in the light, to live in fellowship with him and each other, and to love and obey his laws while living a clean life.

1 John 1:5-7
5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

John knew that we would never find in ourselves the faithfulness God requires, so instead, we have to place complete trust in the work and grace of God. We as Christians need to believe that he will conform us to the image of his Son, Jesus, when we walk in the light, live in truth, and love each other through fellowship.

John 8:12
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “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.”

How would you characterize your relationship with God? Does your prayer life indicate confidence in God? Are you fruitful by spreading the good word of Jesus in love?

Next Steps:
Make a list of three ways you could show three people in your life that you love them. Then follow through with your plan. Journal about your experiences. Discuss the outcomes with a fellow Christ follower.

Loving Father, there are times that my heart has been divided. We know that darkness and light cannot walk together. Keep us close to you and help us to confess our sin the moment we start to stray so that fellowship with you is quickly restored. Father, we want to learn to practice the truth today so that we may grow in grace and in fellowship with you. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

This post was written by Gary Schnabel, a regular contributor to the LivingItOut Bible Study.

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