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Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
– Matthew 5:14-16

Jesus called it as He saw it.  He was straight forward and straight up about many things.

Yeah, He oftentimes used parables to teach the people.  What He was doing was using something that people were familiar with or understood well to share a life lesson in a subtle manner.

But He was usually straight out about things.

Ye are the light of the world. . .

The light of the world is a twofold metaphor.

The Light is Seen by Others

If we are the light of the world, then we should be shining as the light.  That’s the nature of light.  Light shines.  Jesus shared for us to live as the light and not hide our light under a bushel.

The Light Helps Others to See

. . . it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Others can see when you act as the light.  Others can see when you live as the light.  Others can see when you let your light so shine.

When you living as the light of the world, you can shine brightly and help others see the Truth and the Way.

 

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How can a young person stay pure? By obeying your word.- Psalm 119:9 (NLT)

The desire to live a pure life is admirable. Yet, the question is posed. The question is answered. God desires that we live obedient lives. Obedience is the answer to what is sought as an answer from God.

The verse that follows speaks of trying with all of our heart to obey God, and then shifts into a prayerful plea: do not let me stray from your commands (v. 10, NIV).  It should stand for all of us that we say something similar to God in prayer.  We know ourselves and we know what God asks of us and commands us to do.  Our tendency is to stray away from God and His ways because we have a sinful nature.  We get to doing an ad hoc Christian walk rather than stopping and asking God for His help.  He’s accessible and available.  Will we call on Him?

If we desire a pure life that is good.  Our heart seems to be in right place if so.  Our issue now is how we will learn it to live by it.  In seeking to live by it, we are going to need His help, support and power.  We cannot simply do all that we are to do in our own strength.  So, let us seek God and gain what we need from Him as He walks with us.

And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.- 1 Cor. 12:9 (NASB)

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