That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day. (D&C 50:24)
The teachings of Christ frequently use light as a symbol. Christ is the light of the world. We receive light and truth through revelation. So it’s no surprise that we have hymns about light as well.
The Light Divine teaches of the “light of God.” Scriptures teach that the light of Christ is a divine influence available to all of us, leading us toward Christ. It inspires a desire for a better world, for improvement and order and peace. The light of Christ plants the seed of hope—hope for forgiveness, hope for a better world, hope for reunion with deceased loved ones.
And kindles in our happy hearts
The hope of things to be.
The light of Christ also instills faith. It encourages us to believe in God even when we cannot see all the answers. There is an intrinsic desire in each of us to believe in something, to find meaning in our lives. Faith is a complex topic, but ultimately faith in Christ is simply choosing to believe in Christ, whatever the circumstances. That ability to believe in difficult circumstances is strengthened over time as we witness its fruits, but the light of Christ plants the seed of faith, nudging us to “give it a try.”
The light of faith abides within
The heart of ev’ry child…
Light not only leads us to hope and believe; it also encourages us to act. The light of Christ inspires kindness, patience, peace, and gentleness. It leads us to be more Christ-like, to emulate the love that he has for all mankind. In addition to the faith and hope discussed above, it encourages us to have charity.
Dear Father, make us pure in heart;
To us thy will reveal.
As we follow the light of Christ, it will lead us toward Christ. It will guide us to make covenants that will give us greater access to divine influence and assistance, enabling us to emulate Christ to a greater degree. We can choose to ignore it, or we can choose to follow it, developing our abilities to sense this light through continued effort.
Father, let thy light divine
Shine on us, we pray.
Touch our eyes that we may see;
Teach us to obey.
Ours the sacred mission is
To bear thy message far.
The light of faith is in our hearts,
Truth our guiding star.