“Sailors have always had a special need for light; the hazards of navigation are formidable….The lighthouse provided early warning of submerged rocks, reefs, and sandbars; sheer cliffs; rip tides; shallows in which ships could run aground; and other costal hazards.” *
Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8:12) As our light, he gave many warnings to help us navigate the dangers on our journey from this world to the next.
Perhaps of all the dangers and warnings, he gives, I find the most sobering one to be this: “But if you do not forgive men their sins, the Father will not forgive your sins.” (Matthew 6:15) To be forgiven is to be forgiving. A forgiving spirit is the test of one’s salvation – the fruit and the work that identifies us as belonging to Father God, the evidence that our faith is alive and well. No wonder the Apostle Paul told us to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
Lord Jesus Christ, Light of the World, shed your light into my heart and reveal any bays or inlets of harbored bitterness, any refusals to forgive. Give me a heart to forgive as you have forgiven me – for the safety of my own soul and for your Glory. Amen
*The Ultimate Book of Lighthouses by Samuel Willard Crompton and Michael J. Rhein