PASSAGE: 1 JOHN 2:7-11
MEMORY VERSE: Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
HYMN: MHB 603 (C.M.) – JESUS, let all Thy lovers shine.
It is apparent that salvation is rooted in the love of God for mankind. That was the reason He sent his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:15,16). It is the desire of God that we should respond to this unquantifiable act of love by loving Him with all our hearts, minds, souls and body. This should also be coupled with the love for our neighbours as ourselves.
The coming of Christ to the world brought spiritual light into the world. This was established in the Gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded by John 1:4-5 that, in Jesus was the life and light of men, which shines and the darkness of this world could not comprehend it.
Whoever wants the light must love God and his/her neighbour. This goes beyond mere confession by mouth. God demonstrated His love by giving His Son for the remission of our sins. This implies that there is giving in love. Jesus Christ stressed that we should let our light so shine among men and women that they may see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16). This implies that our level of good works in Christ determines how our light will shine.
This was the reason the Bible says that if we lose the bonds of wickedness, undo the heavy burdens, break every yoke of oppression, let the oppressed go free, share our bread with those who are hungry, accommodate the homeless, clothe those who are naked and satisfy our family members; then our lights shall break forth like the morning and our healings shall spring forth speedily (Isaiah 58:6-8).
Brethren, we can only exhibit our love through good works and thereby shine to bring glory to the name of God.
PRAYER: Father, help me to reflect Your light through my good works to humanity, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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