Afraid of the Light? Don’t Be.

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On the way to work I heard an online security company compare not knowing how to protect your identity on the internet to being lost in the dark.  The advertisement claimed their services were a light for those lost in darkness.  “Who wouldn’t want that?” the commercial asked as it ended.

It made me wonder if that was always true.  Does a man or woman in the dark always want light?

John 3:19-21 (NIV)

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Depending on our activities, we may not want anything to do with the light.  We might fear the condemnation and rejection of others if our slimy secrets are illuminated and expect God to do the same.  There’s some wonderful news:  God forgives all who repent.

1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

I encourage you to trust God and confess your sins to Him.  He is the Good Shepherd and relaxing in the light of His presence brings life.

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Psalm 95:6-8 (NIV)

Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.  Today, if only you would hear his voice, “Do not harden your hearts…