Light

Ceasing to be light

All too often old emotions come back when circumstances are difficult. We walk around, weighed down with concerns even though Jesus says his yoke is easy and His burden is light (Matthew 11:30). As anxious thoughts and hopelessness take over, we not only suffer personally but also cease to be a light in the world because Christ is no longer reflected in our life. On the surface, in fact, we appear just as pressured, stressed, and fearful as those without Christ. Instead of being filled with fear, anxiety, frustration, and stress, Jesus tells us in Romans 15:13 and in other verses how we can instead be characterized by hope, joy and peace, when we are empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, January 26, 2021.

Success Story

As a poor, childless, foreign widow with no earthly power, Ruth perhaps had reason to wish her situation were different. After all, the prominent or wealthy can use their position in life to glorify God. But Ruth’s story proves those things aren’t required. Where has God placed you? Are you reluctant to shine (Matthew 5:14)?

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, December 20, 2020.

Rescue mission

This refers to the spiritual liberation or rescue by God from Satan’s kingdom, which, in contrast to the realm of light with truth and purity, is the realm of darkness with only deception and wickedness (1 John 2:9,11).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:13.

Sons of the Night, Sons of the Day

1 Thes 5;7

Unbelievers are in darkness, engulfed in mental, moral, and spiritual darkness because of sin and unbelief.


1 Thes 5;5a

Believers live in a completely different sphere of life than those who remain in darkness.  Because believers have been delivered from the domain of darkness, they are taken out of the night of sin and ignorance and put into the light of God and under the control of the truth.  Because Christians are in the light, they should not sleep in spiritual indifference and comfort, but be alert to the spiritual issues around them.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 1 Thessalonians 5:4,5,6.

Your Response

Your response

One’s response to the light in this life is crucial, because at the throne of judgement there will be no opportunity to embrace truth that was formerly spurned (Revelation 20:11-15).  Those who scorn the light of the gospel now will have all light removed from them in eternity.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Luke 8:18.