John 3:20 (NKJV)
“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”
If you are a Follower of Christ, you are called to walk in the light as He is in the light. (1 Jo 1:5-10)
The light God provides while in fellowship with Him provides guidance, discernment, and personal conviction. It exposes the hidden works of darkness not only in our lives, but in the lives of those around us. It’s a spiritual dynamic you need to understand.
Those who do evil hate the light because it “brings to light” the hidden things of darkness.
Many have chosen to reject God, and do evil. When that happens, God gives them over to the “lust of their hearts” (Ro 1:24), to “degrading passions” (Ro 1:26), and to a “depraved mind.” (Ro 1:28) Three times in the 1st chapter the phrase “God gave them over” is used.
If you truly walk in the light, those who do evil will not be comfortable around you. They will in fact hate, and persecute you.
You will be hated for speaking, and standing on the truth of God’s Word. You will be mocked, ridiculed, and punished for your faithfulness.
But you will also be blessed. (Matt 5:10)
The real question for both us as individuals, and the church as a body, is how much of the light we are willing to allow to shine through us. Will we in the face of persecution speak the truth, love unconditionally, and with boldness proclaim the gospel of Christ to a lost and dying world?
Or will we bow to the threats of darkness, and dial down our “spiritual dimmer switch” so as not to offend.
Make this decision today, because the spiritual conflict between darkness and light will get exponentially worse.
Matthew 10:28 (NKJV)
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”