In this world there is not only a physical day and night, light and dark, but a spiritual darkness and light.
I said in the last blog we are all in spiritual darkness until we receive Jesus as our Savior. In darkness is where evil resides. Most evil takes place at night, in the shadows of the dark where it is hoped it will not be seen.
We can live in darkness until the light of Christ shines bright in our lives. It is often said that we continue to live in this darkness because we do not wish for others to see our sin. We do not want to call our sin what it is so we try to hide it; we try to tell ourselves, and others, that everyone does this so it can't be that bad. When Jesus exposes that sin in the light of His truth, people run from Him to hide in the darkness.
But His light that exposes our sin is good. When we accept our sin as sin and accept His forgiveness for that sin, it is good! Any sin acknowledged and exposed to our Lord frees us from captivity of that darkness which we run to with the thing we want to hide. Jesus longs for all to ask for His forgiveness. He longs to give it.
Sin can be anything from a white lie, an awful thought, a misplaced word, to murder. Anything that is against the will of God. We will never be perfect in everything we do. That's why we have Jesus. He's as close as a realization of what we've said or done to our asking for His forgiveness and turning from that sin.
For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. (Colossians 1:9-12)
Sometimes my patience runs thin, sorry to say. There is such a longing to see others freed from their sin, to know Christ. I acknowledge this lack of patience before God right now, although He knew before I even thought it. Everything is done in His time. He is there for any to receive His free gift of salvation. Through Him only can it be obtained. But it's a choice we all must make to receive. It will not happen just by hoping or wishing or believing we are good just because... He must humbly be acknowledged and received for true salvation to happen.
Put away the darkness and let the light of Christ come into your life.
Colossians 1:13 - He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love...