Light Came Into the Darkness, and the Darkness Prevailed Not

John 3:16

16For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. 18He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

Evaluate everything. A mind controlled by emotion, anxiety and fear breeds endless questions without answers giving way only to more unkept emotions, anxiety and fear. But a mind that has enslaved its own temporary desires to perfect love is no longer subject to deception. Perfect love wrongs no one even if it offends, for there is nothing but a selfless intention to uplift others in truth, even to risk its own suffering. Why suffer without cause for empty and finite pleasures, when you can suffer for an eternal joy and cause? Life will bring its pain regardless as long as men choose sin over God, therefore suffer unto perfection when the sinner is consumed by his own desolate works.

Mark the difference between faith in the flesh and blind faith in Christ. Faith in the flesh is walking into darkness after seeing that it does not profit, while those that trust in Christ though not seeing the Holy Spirit have witnessed the fruit of His glory. We know that light exposes all darkness and in its presence the shadow flees. “Submit to the Lord, and resist the devil and he shall flee”. Speak the truth of the word of God and the darkness is exposed. Examine why you question a perfect God and not blatantly imperfect persons (including yourself), who struggle against the creature habits of the flesh. Or if you are to question God then at least extend your doubt unto the other, but be not a respecter of persons or shallow notoriety.

Our delight must be in the truth alone, and rooted in reality without presumption, but rather in practice and observation. “Therefore test all and hold fast to that which is good”. Many will take this to mean they must have first hand experience before a decision can be made whether or not something is beneficial. But it is just as effective to watch another’s downfall without also having to cast yourself into the pit.

God hates evil but is merciful to those who repent of it. (Repentance is turning from darkness to light, or from rebellion to God to obedience.) Fear no evil, and look not to the past after you have been forgiven. Christ conquered it, and it cannot overcome you unless you hide the light from it. Therefore, submit not unto the will of men nor yourself, but unto the will of God and boast not of the works of your hands but of His great and perfect works in you.

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