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It’s hard to come
face to face with our sin …
The sin that comes because of our fallen nature (because of what happened in the Garden when Eve ate the fruit). It’s especially hard with those sins we commit over and over again. We speak a harsh word. We engage in gossip. We lose our temper. We succumb to fear instead of trusting God. Each time, we tell God we’re sorry and promise we will do better next time.
And we don’t.
It’s a vicious cycle.
On the other side, God’s Word calls us to live in the light.
What does that mean? It requires that our hearts, our actions our words, our thoughts, our values, and even our schedules align with His heart and His character, not with our sinful nature and fallen character.
So much harder said than done.
The good news I celebrate today …
is that living in the light doesn’t require perfection! Let me repeat those words.
Living in the light does not require perfection.
God does not require perfection.
Let those words sink deep.
Only Jesus is perfect.
God requires repentant hearts. When we sin, He asks that we immediately bring that sin before Him and confess it. When we follow this formula, He forgives us fully and completely.
In 1 John 1:7, John teaches his audience to “walk in the light.” The Voice translation says, “walk step by step in the light.” Jesus is the Light of the World, so walking in the light means walking step by step with Jesus, letting Him lead, direct, and guide us.
It’s a daily walk. And we don’t walk alone. We walk with a loving, forgiving Father who empowers us to do better each and every day through the indwelling presence of His Holy Spirit.
At times, we will take a wrong step … away from the light and toward darkness. And this step may interrupt our fellowship with God. But the good news is, we need only turn our hearts back toward our heavenly Father and ask forgiveness. He waits for us to come to Him with open arms. He longs to forgive and restore our fellowship with Him.
The key is agreeing
with God about our sinful thoughts!
Because agreeing with God about them brings them into to the light.
What happens in the light is glorious! We don’t find shame or condemnation, we find love and forgiveness. It is the place where God will work in our hearts not only to correct us but also train us to think, speak and act in new ways.
When we don’t take immediate action to walk back into the light, we leave the door wide open for the enemy to take full control of the reins of our heart and lead us deeper into darkness and further into sin.
Let me close with a prayer.
Thank you, Jesus, for leaving the glory of heaven
to enter into the grit and grime of this dark world.
Thank you that You are the Light of the World.
The One who can shine light into the darkness lurking in our own hearts.
And when You shine that light, it is free of shame and condemnation.
Your light brings with it mercy, grace and conviction.
We confess that we have dark places in our hearts.
I agree with You in this moment, they interrupt our fellowship with You.
We ask You to shine the lamp of Your light into the deepest crevices in our hearts.
Forgive us. Renew our thoughts. Renew our hearts.
Make it so we honor you in all we say and do.
We ask this in Jesus’ precious name.
How is God encouraging you today?