Martin Luther: Shaded Hues

August 13

“All of life is marked by confession.” ~ Martin Luther

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“Shades of what we do…

Hide behind the mist of what God requires of us…”

It’s difficult to appreciate the light and the comfort of warmth until you’ve spent time shivering in the cold shadows of the darkness. Those who have lived in the darkness then see a great light may not run to it. Often, we may chase the darkness even as that great light pursues us – we’ve grown accustomed to the darkness and have found some comfort within its cold and icy grip but once we feel the liberating warmth of light encompass us, we are transformed and become fixed upon it. But the dark… the dark will always have it’s allure for us. It’s deceptive in its whispers to our souls, telling us how much better an icy familiarity is to the unknown power and untested peace promised and tasted within light.

Eventually the light exposes every deed of every heart and we will be found either clothed in obedience or naked in the obscurity of our disobedience. And therein lies the struggle of our hearts: because we’d rather be cold and deceived then exposed for who we are. It takes courage to commit to the light and say to it: “Reveal in here all that does not belong” and immediately the Light and Truth of Christ will begin the joyous process of pushing out ALL darkness and corruptible things found within which do not belong.

We cannot contain Christ to those corners and chambers which we know He finds pleasing. Jesus is too powerful, too Holy and too Loving to be contained like that. And He’s not afraid to fight and work hard for a heart He’s given His own life for… a heart that has now opened its doors and invited Him in.  Peace, today. SAG

 

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 32:24-26

24 And Jacob was left alone. And a man wrestled with him until the breaking of the day.

25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he touched his hip socket, and Jacob’s hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.

26 Then he said, “Let me go, for the day has broken.” But Jacob said, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.”

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