Sunday, October 29, 2017

Patterns of Light and Darkness

UV 2815/10000 Pattern of Light and Darkness
Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness.
Luke 11 v 35

Light and darkness cannot co-habit. This uni-verse states that it is possible for darkness or untruth to disguise itself as light, for folly to parade itself as wisdom. Genuine wisdom is from God alone. It is the wisdom manifested in Jesus. It will appear as sheer foolishness in the eyes of the world. But the word describes the wisdom of Jesus as pure, gentle, easy to please, truthful, full of mercy and good fruit, without partiality and hypocrisy. The wisdom or light of this world is of the earth, devilish in origin, sensual, provoking strife, envy, confusion and every evil work. Jesus warns His followers to be careful not to allow any part of this kind of darkness or folly into their hearts and lives.
Various formulations of human wisdom are examples of darkness camouflaged as light. Instead of filling our hearts and minds with such ‘light’, we should saturate or fill it with the light of the Word that is divinely inspired by the Holy Spirit. When we heed the Word in all aspects of our lives, no part of our lives will be in darkness. We will be freed from strife, envy, confusion, false pride, foolish decision making, lack of clarity in our thinking and convictions. Our lives will be full of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self control.

Jesus desired that His followers have their whole being full of light, with no part in darkness. The implication is that there are some hidden parts of our lives that are full of darkness that continues to afflict our lives with strife, envy, confusion, greed, pride, folly and evil. We should not compromise with such darkness and attempt to allow both light and darkness to co-exist in us. The light of the wisdom of Jesus should be allowed to penetrate these hidden parts and drive the darkness away. We should constantly shine that light on the different parts of our being so that we rid ourselves of every trace of darkness. The absence of light is darkness. The absence of God and His truth as revealed in Jesus, His Word and wisdom, in any part of our lives is darkness.

Prateep V Philip

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