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Light Affects

A couple drives down Main St. in a tiny town. As anyone who has lived in a small town knows, there aren’t many secrets kept. “Oh” says the wife, “There’s Mary, you know, the junkie.” The husband shakes his head saying, “You know I heard she was recently at rehab. I think she’s really trying to get off drugs.” “Yeah, for the Gi-zillionth time!” She replies. “Addiction is really tough. It’s a lifelong battle. We must pray for her.” He says. They pass a few buildings, the post office, fire station, Old Red’s garage. The wife waves to a man looking shabby and unshaven. “Did you know that Ken is homeless? He didn’t pay his rent for three months!” She says. “Didn’t he lose his job at the factory when it closed? Maybe there is something we can do to help.” The husband replies.

God’s word says, “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness.” Luke 11:34 As the story above illustrates, one person had a “good eye, full of light, the other had a bad one, full of darkness.

We look at our eyes in the mirror every morning, but how often do we inspect what we see? Are we thinking about what comes into our thoughts when they behold different situations? As God calls us to be holy as He is holy, (1Peter 1:6) He beckons us to look at the world through a different lens, the lens of love.

God’s word says, So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.2Cor 4:18 Every person on this earth was made to glorify God. He loves them, all of them. We must look at people keeping that in mind. If we see something in them, like some sin (some sins are more obvious than others,) we need to pray for them. We must always remember that we are all made in God’s image.

As situations and circumstances come into out lives, no matter how difficult, we need to look for God’s hand in them. What is God doing here? Is He teaching me something? Is He comforting me in some way through this? Is He closing one door and opening another? Look for the light in the darkness of our trials and tribulations.

Funny thing is, when we see things in the light of God’s love, it spurs us on to godly actions. God’s word says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matt. 5:16 So having an eye that is “full of light” helps us to be light! In a world that is dark and dying, we all can bring glory to our Father in heaven by being more like our Savior, Jesus Christ and having His light in our eyes, mind and hearts.

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