Light

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.

— 1 John 1:5
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
— John 3:19

Living light, thou wilt not have me believe anything dark of thee! Thou wilt have me so sure of thee as to dare to say that is not of God which I see dark, see unlike the Master! All men will not, in our present imperfection, see the same light; but light is light notwithstanding, and what each does see, is his safety if he obeys it. In proportion as we have the image of Christ mirrored in us, we shall know what is and is not light. But never will anything prove to be light that is not of the same kind with that which we mean by light. The darkness yet left in us makes us sometimes doubt of a thing whether it be light or darkness; but when the eye is single, the whole body will be full of light. To fear the light is to be untrue. No being needs fear the light of God. Nothing can be in light inimical to our nature, which is of God. All fear of the light comes of the darkness still in those of us who do not love the truth with all our hearts; it will vanish as we are more and more interpenetrated with the light. In a word, there is no way of thought or action which we count admirable in man, in which God is not infinitely better. Jesus is our savior because God is our savior. God will comfort and console his children better than any mother her infant. The only thing he will not give them is leave to stay in the dark.  He gives what his child needs—often by refusing what he asks. If his child says, “I will not be good; I prefer to die!” God’s dealing with that child will be as if he said, “No, I will not give you your own will, but mine, which is your one good. You shall not die; you shall live to thank me that I would not hear your prayer.”