Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Fw: walking in the light

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From: Rob Smith <>
To: Rob Smith <>
Sent: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 7:24 AM
Subject: walking in the light

One of the things I like best about spring is the longer days.  In the winter you feel like darkness rules, with the day beginning in the dark and the end of the workday in dark.  Now, as March is heading toward April the weather is more consistently mild and daylight rules from the time I awake until a few hours past the end of the workday.  We are more active with more light.  We are more encouraged when moving about in light.  We are more effective when walking in the light.  A few years ago I got up in the middle of the night to make a bathroom trip and, in the total darkness, slammed into the corner of a wall.  I opened a deep gash on an eyebrow and had to drive to the e.r. for stitches.  Walking in the dark, when you're already half asleep, is not a good idea.
Here's a verse from the apostle John about this:
1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin."
So how do we "walk in the light, as he is in the light"?  If we broaden "walk" to mean live out our daily lives, starting with our mindset, we need the light of God through His word.  We need the light of coming directly into His presence in prayer and patient waiting before we walk and as we walk.  If we fill our minds with the words only of other men and if we neglect coming into his presence we remain in darkness. 
Notice the two outcomes from this verse.  Our relationship with each other is deepened and our relationship with the Lord is restored.  Walking in the light is the key to finding the purpose we desire (and need) each day.
Rob Smith

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