2 Corinthians 4:5-7
5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.
God has a way of bringing to light those things that need to be exposed in us. We all have darkness inside, but Christ has overcome the darkness. He has conquered sin, not in some generic term, but personal sin, for every single individual who will step forward to believe in the Power His love.
16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” The beauty of this simple verse transcends all other beauty. God so loved the world. So often we struggle with the motives for why people do what they do. We’re suspicious and say, “So, what’s the catch? Why are you being so nice to me?” But God is right out there with it. His motivation has and always will be love. So when He chooses to expose the darkness inside of us, those things which we do not wish to have others see, it is because He loves us. He brings these things to light in order to show us how to be free of them.
11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light .
We all have them, these deeds of darkness, every single one of us. But God desires to set us free from anything that binds us to anything but himself. God is called an “all consuming fire,” in Hebrews 12, but as we examine the passage we see what He consumes. God does not consume people, He consumes those things in our lives that keep us from Him. He is jealous for His creation, His beloved people, made in His own image. So when so begin to see these deeds of darkness within, this illumination, do not try to cover them up, do not try to hide them, bring them to Him, the only one who can consume them.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8
Can you see the power of God’s love? He did not wait for us to get ourselves together, for we cannot. He did not wait for us to become pure and spotless, for we are powerless to do so. But Christ died for us while we were still helpless. Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Come to Him and let Him expose those things in you which He wishes to free you from. Come to Christ and be set free. Give Him this day what you cannot bear anymore. Let the Love of God consume those things in you that keep You from Him. Come to God who illumines you with only one motive…His all consuming love.