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Matthew 6:23 – “If then, the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”

I recently had to replace all the light bulbs in my house because they were not giving me the quality of light that I needed.  I replaced them with a product described as being “true light.” True to their word, they enabled me to see what I was unable to see before.  And what I saw was how unclean my house truly was! That is what true light does.  It helps you see what you were unable to see before.  Praise be to God, “the true Light that gives light to every man” has come into the world! (John 1:9)

In Matthew 6:22-23, Jesus tells us, “The eye is the lamp of the body.  If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then, the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness.”  This scripture once confused me.  I had a hard time understanding how light could be darkness.  Now I get it!   The clarity with which we see depends on the quality of the light we use.  Psalm 119:105  tells us God’s word is a “lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.”  The lamp of God’s word is the source of “true light” in us.  In 1 John 1:5 we are assured that, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth.”  If we are being led by His word, we can be assured that we are being led by true light.  But if we are seeing things by our own self-perception, then we are being led by an inferior light, a dark light; one that will prevent us from seeing just how unclean our house really is!

The “true light” I purchased also came with a feature which allowed me to dim the light if I found it to be too harsh.  We also have that option with God’s true light.  Sometimes we find the true light of God’s word to be a little too harsh, so we dimmer it down a bit to better suit us.  We don’t want to see what His true light reveals.  Being led by the inferior light of self-perceived truth, and dimming down the true light of God’s word because we find it too harsh, produce the same result in us.  Dark light.  And, if the light that is in us is darkness, how great is that darkness.


As I set off down life’s road one day
I took a lamp to light my way
I chose the lamp that I believed
would show forth the best path for me

Confident with the lamp I chose to use
I walked the path in my own shoes
I didn’t realize how dimly my lamp glowed
or the lack of true light that it showed

By my own will I was too blind to see
the darkness in the light of me
and so I stumbled blindly on
not knowing the path I took was wrong

Until one day I met a friend
who held true light within His hand
reaching out He offered it to me
and at last I could clearly see

Compared to the clarity of true light
the light of my own lamp was dark as night
and so I humbly asked my friend
if I could walk along with Him

If He would be so kind as to help me know
which path to take along life’s road
He graciously consented to show me the way
I’m walking with Him still today


1 John 1:7 – But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.



2 Comments Post a comment
  1. I am so excited that you have began this blog. I have for many years been blessed by your poetry and have shared that blessing with others. Thank you. Looking forward to being inspired for years to come.


    July 4, 2017
    • Thank you Janet for reading my blog and for taking the time to comment on it! Hope you continue to be blessed through it.


      July 5, 2017

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