Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. – (1 John 2:10, NIV)
Those who love their brothers and sisters live in the light, and there is nothing in them that will make them do wrong. – (1 John 2:10, ERV)
It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. – (1 John 2:10, MSG)
I appreciate the Message translation of this verse tremendously, as it is a powerful reminder that when we choose love, we allow God’s light to shine, yet when we do not, we can actually block the light that God’s love intended for them to receive. God calls and equips us to love yet created us with a free will to choose. As we choose to love, we choose to allow the loving light of God to shine through us to the world. The people around us become more like family, and our hearts expand to give and receive as we were designed through allowing love to lead in all that we say and do. This is not always easy or natural, yet it is always worthwhile. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us in His love so that we may shine His loving light on all who are near us.
When we choose to love,
Christ’s light is made clear;
His love is poured out,
To all who are near.
Brothers and sisters,
Family and friends;
All who cross our path,
For love to extend.
Is there’s always more;
The light of God’s love,
Will always endure.
Lord, help us to choose,
To share well Your light;
And love each other,
For Your love delights.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You call us to love and share Your light wherever we go and whatever we do. Thank You that You fill us to overflowing when we seek You. Forgive us for the times that we have not chosen love and have hidden the light that You intended to shine through us. Teach us to ever trust in You and to follow the path that You have placed before us. Lead us to love well so that all around us may know the lavish light of Your love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to lead us to love one another as sisters and brothers as we allow Your light to shine. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out. – Proverbs 13:9
Beautiful! Can I publish this on my et For His Glory site as a guest post. Please let me know
Shannon, I’d like to add a few bio notes to this post. I think they would really make your post sparkle. I know you’re a teacher, but would like to include your city and what you teach if you would allow me to share. It’s okay if you;d rather not share too, Up to you.