January 17, 2024

Shawn Stoever
"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."
John 3:19-21

Alcoholics Anonymous and other addiction groups have proven successful over decades of existence because of one main principle: the attendees vulnerably confess their weaknesses, brokenness, and shortcomings. They capitalize on the principle described in the above bible passage – they live by the truth, they come into the light, and they allow what they have done to be exposed to God and others.

Not everyone is comfortable with this level of authentic confession. In fact, it is more common for us to want to hide our transgressions and faults. Social media is a common place many people go to highlight what is great in their lives and hide what is not. Unfortunately, this is the opposite of God’s plan. He desires that we be humble with our strengths and open with our weaknesses.

Are you willing to invite the light of God into your life? Can you grow to love the light of his truth in the darkest places of your life? What do you need to confess to him and a trusted person in your life? Bring that weakness or shortcoming into the light and begin to experience the freedom of God’s forgiveness and healing.