by Pastor Mark Jordan
“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” (John 3:19-21, NIV)
This week we are looking for ways to build up the Body of Christ. As we discussed yesterday. There are times we first must allow Jesus to correct us (illuminate our areas of need) so we can be disciplined (shown a better way to live for Him). Jesus does this out of love, not anger, and delights when He is invited in to help.
Today, I want us to look at a poignant teaching from Jesus, right after He proclaimed the beautiful teaching of John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Jesus taught specifically about one of the struggles we face with correction and direction, which is we avoid His illuminating and disinfecting light, because we don’t like our darkness to be revealed. The truth hurts sometimes, doesn’t it? Kind of like your eyes hurt walking in to brilliant sunlight after being in a dark room.
Jesus taught that living in truth means we must walk into the light. This comes with trust that Jesus wants to illuminate your areas of need so He can correct and direct you accordingly. Will you open the door to your heart and let Him in? Will you then walk into His glorious light so He can bring you into the truth? All of this comes in the sight of God, so truth Him.
Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for your light that only only corrects and directs me, but brings you into your sight of the truth. Help me to walk with you all my days, now and forever. Amen.