My mom asked me when I'd get back to continuing my story, and I will, I promise. But the last post I started on our continuing story was a little more emotionally overwhelming than I expected. I couldn't bring myself to look at more than one photo without crying and mourning once again. And that took up the time I had scheduled for a blog post, so I've postponed it for a little longer. Sorry, mom! I'll continue soon. ;)
But for this week's blog post on the study I've been joining, I have to say that I am more encouraged than last week. Oh, I still have questions. MANY questions! My study journal is full of them, trust me. But what jumped out at me most this week is the fact that darkness is conquered by light! I'm so smart, huh? Such an elementary concept, but how often did I not see because I was blinded by darkness?
The passage tells us that he who hates his brother is not only in darkness, but is blinded by it. I think of how many times I have judged a brother or sister because of my preconceived ideas or preferences, did it bring on darkness or light?
Hatred blinds, love enlightens.
Did I actually hate when I misjudged or criticized? I'll ponder that for myself, and let you draw your own conclusions if you join me in self-examination.
And maybe we can both find comfort in the fact that we are told in verse 12 we are forgiven, not for any other reason but his name's sake.
May light flood the darkness in our lives today.
May truth and love prevail, and all for his name's sake.