2 Corinthians 5:7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Faith in God is like a candle. It starts in Heaven with God's great love for us. The candle light has its source in the gift of Christ to us...the gift of forgiveness and restoration. The candle is brought near us by the hand of God and we call this grace. The flame of the candle is held near the unlit wick of our own candle. If our wick is open, accessible and dry the flame of the candle from Heaven ignites our candle. Once our candle is lit, the whole character of the candle is changed, from a decorative place on a table or mantle, to a functional carrier of light. The candle now pushes darkness away and helps us to see clearly, for the first time. We have received the light by grace and we now carry the light.
Romans 5: 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
The candle light we now have is the light that fills Heaven and so the shadows that have stood between us and God are eliminated and we have an unbroken path of light to Him. He keeps our light by the same grace which first brought the light to us. And now He leads us to share in His grace by carrying the light to others...