Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Light vs. Darkness


You don't fight darkness with a sword.  Instead it is dispelled by light.  Light overcomes darkness - ALWAYS!  If you bring light into darkness, the darkness cannot overcome the light.  Darkness is not a thing, it is the absence of the thing.  Light is the true entity, darkness is just the absence of the presence of light.  Therefore Light is stronger - Light displaces darkness.  Jesus is the Light of the world.   

He shines in the darkness and the darkness cannot overcome Him. 

So, too, fear is displaced by love.  "Perfect Love casts out fear".
And Love is a person, Jesus Christ.  Knowing him doesn't mean we're never afraid but the more present and fully we experience Him, the more our earthly fears recede. 

When a child puts his hand in the trusted hand of another it's the protection and the care represented by that hand, not the hand itself that dispels fear.  It is the love of the adult represented, their presence that brings comfort and subdues fear.  

In the words of a favorite childhood book character, Piglet, when they're lost in the mist trying to "unbounce" Tigger -

 And so, we reach our hand out to our mighty Creator, and we find that He, who is perfect love, replaces our fear with trust, that He who is light drives away the darkness in our lives.  And His light kindles in us a light that shines out to others in their darkness. 

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