But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. ESV 1 John 1:7
Yesterday I sat in my office and listened to the incredible testimony of a man who is fourteen years clean from alcohol and drugs. He stressed the incredible importance of walking in the light by finding good friends to share his struggles with. Later in the day I went to visit a friend who struggles with depression. He simply wanted to bring his struggles into the light and share them with me. The sharing process brought a measure of healing. A friend called me yesterday afternoon to check in on me. Part of me wanted to blow him off and not share my life, but there was an area of my life I needed to bring into the light and share. He listened, counseled, prayed for me, and greatly encouraged me.
One of the most important aspects of our spiritual formation (and perhaps one of our hardest) involves walking in the light. Because we all inherited a fallen nature, sin will crop up in our life, and when it does, we will want to hide in the darkness rather than bring that sin out into the light before others and lay it at the foot of the cross. However, nothing can be more important to our ongoing spiritual development. In the verse above, John reminds us to pursue the light of Jesus Christ. Not only is He in the light, but He IS the light…the light of the world. Jesus Christ exposes our sin, yet also takes that sin upon Him, taking our death and brokenness. In exchange, He gives us His life, cleansing us from all sin, but only when we choose to step out of the darkness and into the light. By confessing sin to others, we bring those sins that hinder us into the light where Christ removes them.
I pray you have strong relationships with others. It’s never easy to bring struggles to light, but afterwards, we wonder why we kept them in the dark for so long. If you struggle in any way, determine today to find a friend and bring that struggle to light. May your friend lead you to Christ and the forgiveness, life and light found in Him.