Have compassion for those who don’t know the love and light of Jesus and who have not accepted Him into their lives.
“Beloved, do not imitate evil, but imitate good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen (discerned or experienced) God [has enjoyed no vision of Him and does not know Him at all].” 3 John 1:11 (amp)
The disciple John saw Jesus and was perhaps His closest friend, and that relationship changed John for life. While we know Jesus by reading about Him, John walked by His side, felt Jesus’ touch, leaned against Him for support.
Before I accepted Jesus as Lord, I went through a rough spot in my life. I made bad choices and hurt many people. I also hurt myself. For years, even though I’d accepted that Jesus forgave me, I had a hard time forgiving myself for the pain I’d caused.
One morning during prayer, God put an image in my mind of my “dark” years. I saw myself in a black room, walking in complete darkness and groping around to find my way. God reminded me that’s how things were before I allowed the light of Jesus into my life. I stumbled because I couldn’t see, and in the process I got hurt. I also hurt others. When I opened the door and welcomed Jesus into my heart, His light was there to show me the way. I knew which way to go. I stumbled far less.
That image helps me to have compassion for those who don’t know the love and light of Jesus and who’ve not accepted Him into their lives. There are so many who don’t even realize they’re stumbling. There are so many who haven’t experienced Jesus as John did, or even as I have. They need someone to introduce them to the Light.
FAITH STEP: Take a moment to consider someone you know who is walking in darkness. How would having Jesus’ light change them? What can you do to bring light to that person?
Written by Tricia Goyer