I will be honest with you … I don’t like complete darkness at all. Light is a wonderful thing! Check out this verse: “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous” (Psalm 112:4). I know the reality of this Old Testament verse! I thank God I was raised in a home where the light of the Gospel was shining every day through my father and mother. I am grateful that I had two godly grandmothers praying for me on a daily basis for me to know the truth of the Word of God.
When I was just a boy, THE Light rose up and conquered the darkness of my sin. I remember well the day I asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sin and give me a home in Heaven. It was on that day that I trusted Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection to be payment from my sin that eternal darkness left me! I am so thankful that I will never know the horror of the eternal darkness of Hell. The reason is not my own goodness, or my own righteousness, but because the Righteous One came for me! That day I trusted Christ, grace, compassion and righteousness came along with Him! I had no idea the great bargain I was getting when I trusted Christ. I was just thinking of the blessing of having my sin forgiven! Little did I know how great it would be to experience the grace He would give me along my way. I had no idea how wonderful it would be to receive blessings I had not earned. I know very well that I deserve the judgment of God, and instead He declared me righteous in His Son! That is what I call “Amazing Grace!”
I had no way of understanding how important the compassion God shows to me on a daily basis would be in my life. While the world beats down on me on a regular basis, I run to my Heavenly Father and find His arms open wide to me, every time. What a blessing to come to myself, realizing my failures in sin; deciding to return to God and ask for forgiveness; and there to see my Heavenly Father waiting for me on the back porch! What compassion! Not only do I receive grace and compassion, but He has declared me righteous too! I do not deserve any of that. LIGHT has come to my life! Knowing all these things about what Jesus has given me, how can I remain quiet about the LIGHT? I don’t want to be quiet … I want to tell His story for the remainder of my days!