The Significance of Confessing Sin

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This is the verdict: Light has come into the world but men 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 his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.
— John 3:19-21

It is not an easy thing to think of all humans as “hating the light”, but John explains that our hate for the light is evidenced by our deeds of evil. It is important to note from this verse that as Christians, our love for the light is not due to our coming into the light. Our coming into the light is due to God’s work of giving us a new taste that desires to be in the light and hates to be in the darkness.

By nature, we fled from the light so that our deeds would not be exposed for what they are. In other words, we covered our deeds to mask their sinfulness. Excusing, blame shifting, denying and making light of sin are all evidences of the sinful nature that is opposed to God. Conversely, confession and humility are evidences of God’s work in us. When coming into the light, we openly declare and confess the wickedness of our deeds so that the light of Christ would drown out the darkness.

Don’t make excuses, shift the blame, or make light of any sin. Rather, make it plainly seen what God has done through you by confessing your sins in humility and letting the light of Christ drown out your deeds of darkness.

Heavenly Father, I thank you for your cleansing work inside me. I pray that you continue to expose the deeds of darkness as I draw closer to the light, so that I would be conformed more into the image of your Son. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!

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