In a sense, our celebration of Valentine’s Day is but a small example of Christ’s love for us. As we shower each other with loving words and gifts on a special day like this, we bring the light of love to our family and friends. Yet, this love and appreciation we have for each other is also shown in a myriad of ways throughout the year to the world around us in a never-ending circle.
As we think about expressing a deep love for our spouse or significant other in special ways, we’re reminded of similarities to the love our Lord has shown us. Coming to the humbling realization that God’s love is so much greater than anything we might experience amongst ourselves, our faith is deepened. Such an incomparable love might be compared to a light that shines upon us and through us. As the light of God’s great love draws us closer to Himself, it washes over us with a comforting peace, and His wisdom permeates our hearts that we may grow in grace… and so shine His light and love on those around us… a never-ending circle, for His love is like no other.
In I Corinthians 13, we see an apt description of what a loving relationship with each other looks like. But, it also portrays the epitome of Christ’s sacrificial love for us. His Holy word, His wisdom, embodies His light illuminating our heart as we eagerly reach for Him. In daily reading and studying the messages He has for us, we can’t help but learn and mature as we live out our faith. And, as the light of His word penetrates deeply into our soul, we become more like Him in our daily walk. For when our hearts are open and receptive, the light we find in God nourishes us… like a plant that grows best under the warm rays of bright sunshine.
As John recorded for us, Jesus told the Pharisees who were questioning him, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Jesus made many other comments referring to Himself as the light of the world. In teaching the great crowds in His sermon on the mount, Jesus expounded on our being shining examples of His light: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NIV)
May the light of God’s love, His greatest gift, shine upon us, into our hearts, and through us as we shine His love out into the world!
Your Love is a Light
Linda A. Roorda
Your love is a light upon a dark hill
Its beams extending over all the earth.
Within its rays is Your peace divine
That covers my soul with a heavenly glow.
It saved me from destruction’s pit
From the grip of sin You pried me free.
How can I not but thank You ever
As mercy and grace shine down on my soul.
It’s a wisdom gained upon this path
By learning to face the trials and pain.
It lightens the load of burdens and cares
And seeks to open doors closed by injustice.
It beckons and draws the soul that is lost
To hands that created and long to enfold,
The hands holding joy and comforting peace,
When humbly we turn in faith to our Lord.
For we yearn to hear Your voice among us
Where Your presence lies in the face of need.
And may we then share Your matchless grace
With a world that seeks to fill a dark void.
Forever Your light will brightly glow
Drawing us out to heights of devotion
That as we shine Your love from our soul
Praises burst forth to our God of all light.
January 20, 2015
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