THERE IS A PROCESS

“The darkness is passing, and the true light is already shining.”      1 John 2:8 NIV

 

John is referring to the dawning of the gospel through Jesus Christ. His coming inaugurated a new era. But John is also saying that this applies to every person who has trusted in Christ. Paul put it as follows in 2 Corinthians 4:6, “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” Or, as Peter put it in 1 Peter 2:9, God saved us “so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvellous light.” Becoming a Christian is a radical change from darkness to light, where God opens our blind eyes to see something of the glory of Jesus Christ. At the same time, there is a process involved that takes time. The darkness does not dissipate instantly, but rather it is gradually dispelled as the true Light of Jesus Christ and God’s Word shines more and more into our hearts. When it comes to the practicalities of learning to live in love, it is a lifelong process. We never arrive at the place where we can say, “I love everyone perfectly now! Let’s move on!” Let us not be like the husband who grudgingly accompanied his wife to the marriage counsellor. She complained to the counsellor that he never told her that he loved her. The counsellor asked, “Is this true?” The man gruffly responded, “I told her that 25 years ago when we got married, and it hasn’t changed!” We have got to work at growing in love daily for the rest of our lives. To love one another is to obey our Lord’s commandment.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, may we never stop growing in love.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, by the power and ministry of Your Holy Spirit in our lives, enable us to work at growing in love daily for the rest of our lives. For to love one another is to obey Your commandment. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

1 Timothy 5:1-16

 

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