Bernard Barton, 1784-1849

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
I John 1:7

Walking in the light means walking as Christ walked while here on earth--seeking to imitate His lifestyle in all that we do. When we walk in the light, our paths become illuminated and purposeful, and there is a glow of warmth and love in our lives that makes us want to care for the needs of others. This life of love is not merely a soft, sentimental feeling--but rather a life of action.

Sometimes we as Christians seem to minimize this basic quality in our lives. We spend our time seeking the unusual and "deep" truths of the Scriptures or arguing with those with whom we differ. A life devoid of Christ's tender love for others, both fellow-believers and non-believers, can negate much of our Christian witness. The Bible teaches that a life without love, counts for nothing (I Corinthians 13:1-3).

Walking in the light is in the present tense. It is a new experience with God each day. It is always helpful to recall God's faithfulness and leading in the past. But our past blessing must always be blended into the present wonder of walking this day with the Lord.

The author of "Walk in the Light" was known as England's "Quaker Poet". Although he never rose above the position of a bank clerk, his reputation as a man of letters was recognized by many literary leaders of his day. In all, Barton had 10 books of verse published, which about 20 hymns came into usage.

"Walk in the Light" first appeared in Barton's Devotional Verses, published in 1926. Make walking in the light your experience today.

Walk in the light: so shalt thou know
That fellowship of love
His Spirit only can bestow
Who reigns in light above.

Walk in the light: and sin abhorred
Shall neer defile again;
The blood of Jesus Christ thy Lord
Shall cleanse from every stain.

Walk in the light: and thou shalt find
Thy heart made truly His
Who dwells in cloudless light enshrined
In Whom no darkness is.

Walk in the light: and thou shalt own
Thy darkness passed away,
Because that light hath on thee shone
In which is perfect day.

Walk in the light: and een the tomb
No fearful shade shall wear;
Glory shall chase away its gloom,
For Christ has conquered there.

Walk in the light: and thine shall be
A path, though thorny, bright;
For God, by grace, shall dwell in thee,
And God Himself is light.

*For Today*: Psalm 36:9; John 8:12; Romans 12:10; II Corinthians 4:6; I John 1:5

Consciously leave time in your schedule to be responsive to the needs of another. Share Christ and His love with them.

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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