Monday, January 4, 2021

Deus lux est | God is Light

God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.   1 John 1:5‭ (NLT)  

The first chapter of St. John's letter addresses God as the Light. Light is the nature and character of God. There is no darkness in Him at all. We know that this message is reflected in God's weak human form, Jesus, the Messiah born to us, and to whom all the nations come on a pilgrimage. Jesus is completely holy, righteous and perfect. God's word is true.

When we believe that God and His words are true, we will not look any further for other "truths" that can lead us astray and harm ourselves. God's goodness always appear, whether in big or small things, which we sometimes fail to notice. Ambition and greed can often lead people to continue living in the darkness of sin. Sometimes, people only believe and rely on themselves, thinking of themselves as being right and great. 

From the very beginning, when God created us, He gifted us with free will or the freedom to make our own decisions. The life choices we make determines how we live our lives.  Choosing to walk either in light or in darkness is to live according to truth or lie. It is not only an intellectual decision, but a moral decision as well. 

Fellowship with one another, as with God, is living according to the truth, as found in God and Christ. 

Denial of the condition of sin is self-deception and contradicts divine revelation. Unlike God who is holy, we continually commit sin. We must acknowledge and repent for our sins. But the assurance of our salvation—forgiveness and deliverance from sin—is by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. 

Reflection on 1 John 1:5‭-‬10 by Sr. Maria Venidora, SND 

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