Sunday Devotional: Everyone who does wicked things hates the light

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John 3:14-21

Jesus said to Nicodemus:
“Just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert, 
so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.”

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, 
so that everyone who believes in him might not perish 
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, 
but that the world might be saved through him.
Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, 
but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, 
because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the verdict,
that the light came into the world, 
but people preferred darkness to light,
because their works were evil.
For everyone who does wicked things hates the light
and does not come toward the light, 
so that his works might not be exposed.
But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, 
so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.

“For everyone who does wicked things hates the light….”

So don’t be surprised or disheartened when people hate you for speaking the truth, and for believing in and loving Jesus the Christ.

As we were warned in Mark 13:13:

And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end shall be saved.

We don’t need fanciful or elaborate prayers to talk to Our Lord, as this humble factory worker named Ben shows. The video made me weep….

So, join me today in saying this simple prayer:

“I just came by to tell you, Lord,
how happy I have been,
since we found each other’s friendship,
and you took away my sin.
Don’t know much of how to pray,
but I think about you every day.
So, Jesus, this is (your name),
just checking in today.”

May the peace and love of Jesus Christ, Our Lord be with you,


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3 years ago

Thanks for sharing this.

3 years ago

Thank you Dr. E for this beautiful and meaningful post. I also wept. I believe Jesus just wants us to be genuine, which requires the virtue of simplicity.

I pray daily that the children of the Light defeat the children of the darkness, that the culture of life defeats the culture of death, and for the Holy Trinity’s protection.

Gracie Storvika
Gracie Storvika
3 years ago

Excellent thought for our lives. Thank you so much DrE.

Tim Shey
3 years ago

The Lord knows our heart. The simpler the prayer the better. Sometimes prayer or intercession is entering into a wordless spiritual communion with the the Lord–the Presence of God.

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