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The Perfect Verse for When Life Is Overwhelming, 1 John 1:5

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The Bible is chockfull of powerful scriptures, words that change your life forever, but there is always that one scripture that seems to play a favorite in your heart, and mine happens to be 1 John 1:5.


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The camera roll on my cell phone is largely made up of three things: pictures of my family and loved ones, pictures of food and screenshots of random quotes. The photos of loved ones are to be expected, especially as an overzealous mom of two who finds every last moment with her kids adorably endearing (for now, anyway). As for the rest, I can’t help but think I’m one of the many who enjoys a giant bowl of pasta, decadent dessert and collection of powerful words. Hello, admitted foodie and logophile here. That’s me!

Anyway, I have over 5,000 photos in my camera roll, and of those 5,000 photos, I have about 30 favorites. These favorites are tucked away in a special album, and I reflect on these photos from time to time as they jog my memory in a truly delightful way, especially one particular pictorial Bible verse that reminds me of the importance of my walk with God: “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).

1 John 1:5 is a life-changing passage that has made, and continues to make, a profound impact on my heart as a believer.

“God is light,” three powerful words that fill me with hope. When I think of the word “light,” I am reminded and encouraged by the fact that light illuminates a dark path. Light exposes danger. Light paves the way. Light leads, and as He is my light, He floods the darkness in my life with His unparalleled brightness. When life seems to fall apart, I know God will see me through. He is not the cause of my pain but the One, the Light, who helps me through. I may not physically see His light, but I feel His light as I follow Him, and my spirit becomes stronger, more illuminated, as He spiritually guides my path.

When life seems to all apart, I know God will see me through. He is not the cause of my pain but the One, the Light, who helps me through.

As a born sinner, I battle with fleshly reactions, feelings of selfishness, carelessness and anger, and falling short of leading a Christian life, yet God exceeds my understanding of His love and light by cleansing me of this unrighteousness. To think I struggle to forgive others when feeling hurt or betrayed yet God places no limits on His level of forgiveness in my life. He is faithful, and He is just. He is the Light of the world, and not a day goes by when I am not reminded of the fact that He is the measure of all that is true.

To think that the Bible was written centuries ago yet remains an impactful, relatable book of stories further reiterates the one-of-a-kind love and direction He generously gifts His children. This Book is filled with lessons, powerful words and scriptures that directly apply to our lives, despite the drastic time gap, and 1 John 1:5 happens to be the scripture of all scriptures that changed my life, shifts my perspective and spiritually charges me every day. Jesus wants us to treasure these words, as they were given to us with purpose, to light our path as we walk with the Lord through the good times and the bad.