John 3:20-21, the Verse of the Day for September 29, 2015, speaks of those who prefer to walk in darkness rather than to walk in the light. To understand more fully those whom the passage refers to, we add verse 19 to the selected verses for today.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Regarding darkness and light, 1 John 1:5 offers this reminder:
“God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.”
1 John 1:5 tells us:
This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Wherever you find darkness you do not find God. Believers are, thus, encouraged to walk in the light in 1 John 1:7 where the Amplified Bible renders the verse this way:
But if we [really] walk in the Light [that is, live each and every day in conformity with the precepts of God], as He Himself is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another [He with us, and we with Him], and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin [by erasing the stain of sin, keeping us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].
The exhortation to walk in the light is the inspiration, in part, for the following:
Walk in the Light
Walk in the light, the beautiful light.
Come where the dew drops of mercy shine bright,
Shine all around us by day and by night—
Jesus, the Light of the World.
Traditional Gospel Song
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying,
“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me
shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (NKJV)
We begin when we come to Him who alone is the Light
And repent, following a new path immediately.
We will forsake the world and leave behind the chains of night
And consecrate ourselves to God, set apart wholly
To worship the Lord freely with clean hands and a pure heart,
Formed for His glory, as we develop a strong prayer life.
The Word of God rooted within us will never depart.
We will study the Word of Truth, the lamp that lights our way:
No longer blind but with enlightened eyes we now can see.
We vow to be a voice for God and stand out from the crowd.
We are true servants of the Light, despite the endless strife.
We will make a joyful noise and sing His praises out loud.
Looking in the mirror of the Word, we see God’s design.
Now is the time to arise and let our light so shine
Bill and Gloria Gaither present the African Children’s Choir singing a medley “Walking in the Light”: