February 12

2 Corinthians 4:5-6

“For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” vs. 5

Sometimes we encounter people who have a bit of a glow about them, and not because they’ve been drinking. It’s the radiant look in their eyes, a light that we sense comes from deep within them, a light accompanied by unconditional love and a zest for life. And it’s not because everything has always gone well for them–sometimes we can see from the lines in their faces that they’ve known pain and suffering. But still the light shines and we are warmed by their presence in our lives. Paul is talking about that light in today’s passage and he says that it comes from the God who spoke light into the world in the very beginning. That light resides in every human heart, but in some folks it’s not being blocked by self-interest or greed, those things Paul calls “unbelief.” What a blessing it is, when in the course of our lives, the Spirit of Christ breaks through our defenses and awakens that dormant light. When that happens life itself changes and we are transformed. People will notice the difference–they’ll see the glow and the radiance, and the love in our hearts will be unmistakable!

Thought for the Day: When is the light most likely to shine in my eyes?

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