Day 3: Dark But Lovely

As we mature in the Lord, we learn more of the spiritual darkness the Lord is sanctifying us from. He loves us in the midst of our spiritual immaturities and weakness. He knew our weaknesses before He died for us. His love for us never changes as we mature in loving Him.

Meditative Scriptures

  1. Song 1:5-6
  2. Eph. 4:22
  3. 1 Tim. 1:15
  4. 2 Cor. 5:17-21
  5. Ps. 51:12
  6. 1 Sam. 16:7
  7. Mt. 26:41
  8. Jn. 21:15-17


  1. What does being “dark” spiritually mean? What does being “lovely” to God mean?
  2. Explain the difference between Jesus loving us in our spiritual immaturities and the Father lovingly disciplining us when we sin.
  3. Watch “The Paradox of Grace: Dark but Lovely” by Mike Bickle. Explain what you learned. How would you apply it to your life?
  4. Describe another “word picture” of the spiritual phrase “dark but lovely”. Share it with someone. Did they understand? How does your “word picture” reveal biblical principles?

I Am Impact Devotional Series

Day 1: First Love Passion Statement (Read here)
Day 2: First Love (Read here)
Day 3: Dark But Lovely (Read here)
Day 4: Fragrance of Jesus (Read here)
Day 5: Draw Near and Run with God (Read here)
Day 6: The Father’s Loving Discipline (Read here)
Day 7: Being Faithful in Small Things (Read here)
Day 8: The Pleasure of Living Holy (Read here)
Day 9: Hungering for Righteousness (Read here)
Day 10: Wholehearted Love (Read here)
Day 11: Speak Life (Read here)
Day 12: Courageous Love (Read here)
Day 13: Poor in Spirit (Read here)
Day 14: Language of Intimacy (Read here)
Day 15: Loving Beyond Our Comfort (Read here)
Day 16: Lovers Not Workers for Jesus (Read here)
Day 17: The Father’s Loving Leadership (Read here)
Day 18: Staying in the Light (Read here)
Day 19: Comparison Versus Teamwork (Read here)
Day 20: Pressing in for the Fullness (Read here)
Day 21: Humility (Read here)
Day 22: Servant Leadership (Read here)
Day 23: Generously Sacrifice (Read here)
Day 24: Burning Ones (Read here)

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