The Light of the Righteous

The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.(Prov 13:9 NIV)


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.1 Christ is risen! You have received God’s mercy! You are God’s special possession so that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light!2 What a glorious privilege to have the light of life! What an amazing opportunity you have to be light in the corner of the world where God has placed you. May your light burn brightly fueled by God’s grace.

The wisdom of the light of Christ is a fountain of life that you can share with those around you. May your light always light the pathway to Christ, so that those around you may be opened to the truth of God’s word. Glorify God by shining his light of hope, so that people can see God is doing exceedingly more than we can ask or imagine.3 Heed your Heavenly Father’s instructions so that the light of Christ shining through you always burns brightly even in seemingly hopeless situations.

Ask the Lord to set a guard over your mouth and to keep watch over the doors of your lips.4 May your words be seasoned with grace bringing heavenly light into every situation.  As a faithful messenger of the Gospel trust the Holy Spirit to give you words that bring healing in the midst of conflict.

Examine your life regularly lest unfaithfulness, speaking rashly, laziness, wickedness, pretending to be somebody that you are not,pride, strife, dishonesty, or choosing friends poorly dims your light or worse yet snuffs out your light. It would be an eternal shame to be found without oil in your lamp when our Lord returns.

Diligently desire God so that your lamp is always filled with oil. May the peace of God, which transcends all understanding guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus our risen Lord.5

Prayer

Jesus we thank you that you are the light of the world; and that we no longer walk in darkness for you are the light of our life. Keep us from sin, pride, and anything else that might snuff out your light. Amen

(1) 1 Peter 1:3; (2) 2 Peter 2:9; (3) Eph 3:20-21; (4) Ps 141:3; (5) Phil 4:7


Scripture

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matt 5:14-16)

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