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Coming Into the Light

John 3:19

And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil.

profileFor the next few days – or at least for several days – they might not be all in a row – I will be digging into John 3:19-21.  I may develop a sermon series from these devotional thoughts.  This is part of the passage we covered Tuesday morning in Bible study at the church.

Let’s start with today’s passage – John 3:19 – And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. We began by talking about what it would take to encourage each of us individually to draw closer to Christ.  The passage suggests that as we present ourselves more in the presence of Christ the more our sins will be revealed.  Do we resist drawing near to Christ in order to fool ourselves into thinking we don’t have as many problems as we really do?

Jesus said – people loved the darkness rather than the light and the reason given was because their deeds were evilIs this just a truth for the unsaved or is it a truth for the saved as well?  Are we willing to draw near to Christ and have our sins exposed?  Are we willing to develop Christian friends who will be given the right to speak into our lives and help hold us accountable?  Would we be willing to do the same for them?

Dealing with folks in the church – even in our church – I wonder how many of us have condoned sin in our lives – sin we have decided to live with rather than expose it and seek forgiveness?  The first thing we need to do to answer these questions is to examine ourselves.  Examine the sin(s) that we are currently living with and in and repent – ask for forgiveness – grieve and turn away from those sins.

Stay tuned as we break down John 3:19-21 – 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.  21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been carried out in God.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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March 19, 2014 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Lenten Thought, Personal, Prayer, Sermons, Theology | , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Let there be only light in our lives, bringing us out of darkness.

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    Comment by snoyes4310 | March 19, 2014 | Reply


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