Don’t hide in the darkness.
Spirit and Light – Jesus said, my words to you are Spirit and life.
The subject of Jesus’ words brings to us the common notion that “The Spirit is the Truth”. John is full of words pertaining to Darkness and Light.
How are we to view Jesus’ words that we will be judged by the words that come out of our mouth? He says “By your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned”.
Now it seems He is either projecting the gap between believers and unbelievers, or/and just simply pointing out a truth.
Since Jesus was eternally connected to his Father by the Spirit, we have to assume that the words that came out of his mouth were “perfect”, that they were spiritually correct in the given situation. That his words were not as those spoken in heaven, where perfection reigns, but are effectually words addressing the fallen world, as words of correction, or of healing.
What then is the case with OUR words? Should we not be speaking the same way He did? If there were no other factors involved to distract us or claim our allegiance in some way, if we were not biased by external or internal influences, could we then be responsive completely as the Spirit requires?
Then we get into another aspect – that the Spirit, as God, as Jesus, is LOVE. Pure love would speak in a pure form but would also have to have the intelligent direction of the Spirit of love in order to be most effective in that particular situation to bring healing or correction.
Therefore we need a heart of love and guidance from the Spirit in order to be most effective. To be immersed in the Spirit is then the only way to completely fulfill the demands laid on us by the one who dwells in unapproachable light.
If we were completely isolated from the demands of this world, we might “experiment” to see how fully we could make ourselves available to the Spirit, and how, in this way, we could fulfill the obligation to spread light, that the eternal light has placed on us.
But we are not in isolation from the world, we are not immersed in the Spirit, we are immersed in the WORLD. Therefore we have to take this into account, that though “of” the light, we are “surrounded” by DARKNESS.
Just as Jesus was well aware of his identity in God, so we too, should be well aware of our identity in Christ. But this awareness should be all the more acute because of the surrounding darkness that constantly beckons and calls for our attention.
He must be in us, and we in Him. Every occasion is one which calls for the discernment of good and evil, of shades of light and dark.
Paul said he became all things to all men so as to save some. There is a very wide latitude given us by which we may seek to influence others towards the Light, and so our words may reflect this, especially now that Jesus is our mediator. But the best way for this to happen is to be, as much as possible, devoid of darkness. “Live a life of love”.