Monday, March 11, 2013

Bringing Wrong Into The Light

Our family thoroughly enjoyed the extra hour of LIGHT we had yesterday evening.  It is great to be able to eat dinner and then head outside to shoot baskets, take a walk, or ride bikes.  The longer days make for less trouble between Grayden and Cole...they aren't cooped up all night and getting into restless trouble. 
As I sat outside enjoying the light I was reminded of a story a friend told me a year or so ago.  Her family was having devotions one evening and the lesson was about bringing wrongs into the light
Here is what they learned:
What is the light? 
Jesus is the LIGHT that gives light to every man. [John 1:9]
How do we come into the light? 
Live by the truth (Jesus), walk in His light; confess sin. [John 3:21]
What happens when we come into the light?  
Our deeds are exposed and He purifies us.  We are no longer in darkness.  [John 3:20-21; 1 John 1:5-7]
 The following verse makes it all the more clear: 
"For you were once in darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.  Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them...everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for it is light that makes everything visible...Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise..." [Ephesians 5:8-11, 13-14a, 15] 
Her family further discussed how when we are in relationship with Jesus we cannot keep our sins in the dark but we must expose them by bringing them into the light.  My friend shared that later in the evening her then, 7 year old, daughter came to her and said,
"Mom, I need to bring something into the light."  
She then went on to tell her mom about something she had done wrong that she was hiding and keeping in the dark.  My friend listened to her confession and then encouraged her daughter to pray and confess her wrong to Jesus and to receive His forgivness.
As I sat outside remembering this story, enjoying the light of the evening, I was challenged by the Lord to teach this same Bible lesson to my children this week.  It is perfect timing as we've spent so much time already talking about light due to Daylight Savings. 
In order to grow in relationship with Jesus, we cannot have areas of our lives still hidden away in the darkness.  We must expose that which is in the darkness and allow the Light of Jesus to bear fruitful deeds of goodness, righteousness and truth!!!  
Join me as I pray the following:
Jesus, as my children grow in relationship with You may they desire to walk in Your light.  Help them to understand that by keeping their wrongs in the dark You are not pleased and their deeds are fruitless.  Teach them to bring old and new wrongs into the light by confessing to You and receiving your forgiveness.  And as they strive to walk in the light of Your truth may they bear fruitful deeds of goodness, righteousness, and truth.
John 1:3-6; 3:19-21; Ephesians 5:8-15; 1 John 1:5-10

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