Tuesday, February 19, 2002

Lovers of Darkness

Their judgment is based on this fact: The light from heaven
came into the world, but they loved the darkness more than
the light, for their actions were evil.

-- John 3:19 (NLT)
Some folks don't just reject Jesus; they hate God, Christianity,
religion, Christians, and anything that smacks of wholesome living.
Evil is real and controls the lives of those who give it safe harbor.
Evil recoils from truth. Too often, people not fully controlled by evil
end up rejecting the truth of God for a simple reason; they love how
they are living and don't want to give it up. They are well on their
way to being lovers of darkness. Don't let the opposition of evil, or
of the Evil One, dull your spiritual senses to God's gracious and
liberating truth. If you find yourself flirting with sin and evil, use
the Joseph solution -- get up and flee! When evil is allowed a place to
grow, it will ultimately lead us to flee the light like cockroaches
scurrying for cover when the light comes on. Let's keep our hearts set
on Jesus and his righteousness.

Holy and righteous Father, keep my heart tuned to your Son's grace,
love, and righteousness. Make me hunger and thirst for your
righteousness. Kindle my desire to seek first your Kingdom and your
righteousness. Give me a holy passion to live in your light. In Jesus'
holy and mighty name I pray. Amen.

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February 19, 2002

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one
another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God
lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
-- 1 John 4:11-12

Can you imagine what an honor it is to have the Creator of the
universe, the Lord God Almighty, living inside of you! But when we
love each other, that is exactly what happens. When our hearts are
full of love, there is room for God. When they are not full of
love, we leave God little room to take up residence and produce his
character in us. Let God complete his love in you. Make a
commitment to do loving things for others today!

Abba Father, it is so comforting to know that you are not far
away - that I live in you and you live in me. Help me see others
with your eyes and respond to their needs with your heart so that
your love may be complete in me. In the name of Jesus, the Servant
and Savior of all, I pray. Amen.