One of the apostles of Christ said, “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:22-24 KJV).
God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. God is righteous, and in Him is no unrighteousness. (1 John 1:5; John 7:18)
Luke said it this way: “Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light” (Luke 11:35-36 KJV).
Examine yourself. What is the light that is in you? Let it be God, the Word of God, the Gospel. Let it be the power of God unto salvation. Let it be the Holy Ghost, Who causes us to walk in God’s ways, to keep His statues, and do them and His judgements. Let it be the Holy Ghost, Who teaches us and guides us into all truth, Who gives us understanding with the knowledge and wisdom of God. Let it be the Holy Ghost, Who does the transforming work in us of our characters, restoring us to the image of God.
Examine yourself. Is the light that is in you darkness? Do you project the absence of light? Let not your life emit darkness, sin, disobedience to God. Examine yourself. Does your life show that you hate God, rather than evil or wickedness? Is pleasing yourself and others at the expense of God most important?
What sermon does your life preach and teach? What influence is it? Is your influence godly? Do you inspire others to believe on Jesus? Do you influence others to not compromise faith in God by even one iota? Or does your influence move others to compromise God’s love, His Word, His righteousness for unrighteousness, which leads to death?
Do you have power from God through the Holy Ghost? Or do you have a delusion from Satan, thinking you have God’s power?
Do not answer me.
Go to God. Ask for His Spirit. Search His Word. Examine yourself. Give God permission to take from you anything that is contrary to God.
When one believes on Jesus, they are hearers and doers of His Word. His law of love—the Ten Commandments—is His Covenant, which He writes in our hearts. But first, we must be willing. If we permit Him, if we seek Him with our very existence in all we do, if we love Him with our very existence, He will do it.
We can teach or preach truth to no one—especially our children—if we are living compromising lives. This is disobedience. It is transgression of the Law. And transgression of the Law is sin. One must walk the talk and talk the walk. By faith we choose to love God. When we love Him, we will obey Him. God gives us the Holy Spirit, Who causes us to actually obey God. Otherwise, we become the blind leading the blind and fall into the ditch.
If we love God, we keep His commandments—period. We stand firm. We do not bend. To compromise is to set oneself up for spiritual suicide. To compromise is to murder all those whom you have influenced toward eternal death.
What is the light that is in you? Is it God or Satan? You cannot love or hate both. It must be one or the other.
The Apostle Paul had the same choice to make. He described his experience this way: “And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me” (Acts 26:15-18 KJV).
The Truth is still the truth.