Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hating the Light...

July 12, 2011

John 3:19-21

V 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed

These verses are certainly speaking of salvation and God’s work in it and those who reject it. However, as I was reading this passage yesterday I was reminded that even the believer could hate the light. Such a strong word hate, right. I don’t allow my children to use it because it carries with it such bad emotion. The Bible tells us that if we hate a brother in our heart we have done the same as murder him. Hate is defined as “to feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; to be unwilling.” We might say, “I would never feel like that toward anything from God.” Yet, do we? Remember that Jesus was not ambivalent about obeying His Father, he was adamant that God’s word and will be obeyed, even unto His death. So, how would Jesus look toward our unwillingness to do what God has called us to do? Maybe it isn’t really about disobeying God’s will for our lives, refusing to do what He has called us to do, but it’s about disobeying His word. Perhaps, we KNOW that there is a part of our lives that does not line up with Scripture, and we refuse to do anything about it. Perhaps we refuse to even read scripture because we know that the light found there will illuminate the darkness that is our hearts; so we don’t. Believers can hate the light by simply avoiding it, by living our lives as a “Sunday Christian” and not opening our lives and heart to the Holy Spirit, in order that we might be changed. Perhaps we should ask ourselves…”Do I hate the light?”

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