That ye may be blameless and harmless,
the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and
perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; holding
forth the word of life—Phil.
It is the duty of every
child of God to be very active in the dissemination of the Truth—in
letting his light shine, and in keeping it trimmed and burning.
“Trimmed and burning!” What does it mean? It means that we must give
very close attention to the words of life that we may come to an
exact knowledge of the Truth, and that we must carefully and
faithfully trim away every vestige of error as fast as it becomes
apparent to us—whether it be an error in doctrine or in our daily
walk and conversation—so that the pure light of Divine truth may
shine out with as little obstruction as possible through the medium
of a clear and transparent character.
Parallel passages: Eph. 5:1, 2; Matt. 5: 45-48; Luke 6:
27-36; 1.Pet. 2:12; Deut. 32: 5; Matt. 5:14, 16; Eph. 5:8; Psa.
27:1; 36:9; John 1:9; 8:12;12:46; 2.Cor. 4:6; 1.Thes. 5:5; l. John