“Whoever lives by the truth comes into the Light.” John 3:21

As we continue our study of the Gospel of John, we pick up at verse 19 of Chapter 3.  Writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Apostle pens:

“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 the have done has been done in the sight of God.”  (John 3: 19-21)
Before I became a believer in Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior, I had little use for people who professed to be Christians.  As a lad of 14, I was working after School, and on weekends for the local Service Station pumping gas (that was before self serve), washing cars, and changing tires.  This was also the ‘gathering place’ for a few of our Church Leaders who would come by for something to drink, and hang out a bit.  I had just made a profession of my faith at 14, and what I saw at the Service Station turned me away from the church for several years.  I would be 29 before I did come to the love of Christ, and the timing was all His of course, and it was beautiful when it happened, but what I saw these men doing was so far from what any they professed at Church I thought this thing called Christianity was not real.  I saw them at Church, I saw them away from the Church. They were as foul mouthed, ‘lewd’ remarking, ‘I will get you if I can’, people as those who wanted no part of church, or Jesus Christ.  They professed to walk with Christ on Sunday, but in my mind they were just hypocrites.  I wanted no part of it.
Jesus Christ is the truth.  He is the Light of the World. Father has made it so.  When I came to know His Truth, and He brought me into His Light, He showed me that these men could have indeed loved Him. That I was not to judge. Perhaps they were just trying to ‘fit in’ to the group and were not walking in the Light of His presence for whatever reason.  He showed me as well that my conception of a Christian as one who is perfect in life was far from correct.  He showed me how important it is that we stay close to Him, and walk in His Truth, and let His Light shine through us.  That does not mean that we separate ourselves from people who do not believe as we do; it just means we ask the Light of the Lord to shine through us wherever we are, and whoever we are with.  Not necessarily in what we say, but to just walk in His truth in how we conduct ourselves.  We never know who may be watching and listening and the effect we may have.
Have a wonderful day in the love of the Lord, my Friends.  May the Holy Spirit fill you with His Light so totally that your presence lights up wherever you are, and whatever you do.  He has blessed you to be a blessing.  Enjoy?
Poppa B.

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