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John 3:1-21

“‘There is no judgment against anyone who believes in him. But anyone who does not believe in him has already been judged for not believing in God’s one and only Son. 19 And the judgment is based on this fact: God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil. 20 All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed. 21 But those who do what is right come to the light so others can see that they are doing what God wants.'” v.18-21

Nicodemus, a Pharisee (Jewish religious leader) seeks Jesus out after dark to ask questions.  Some very good questions I might add, well worth reading on your own.   I do believe Nicodemus is at a crossroads.  He wants to believe Jesus and realizes who Jesus is, but the pull from the other Pharisees causes him to be timid, fearful and cautious.  Thats why he seeks Jesus at night.

I think though when it comes to sin (darkness) and truth (light) we all have that battle of knowing what we should do, but for some reason we stay stuck in the sin that we wish we didn’t do.  I hope that make since.  Jesus words are piercingly true.  We run from the light if we feel it will expose that dark place in our heart that we are battling or struggling with.  For some we avoid that light because we like the sin or darkness. We are fearful of conviction and the shame that might follow if it is exposed. Sometimes we would rather live in the sin, because we don’t like to deal with the guilt and shame that comes we feel when we compare our lives to God truth and light.

However, if we ever want to be more like Jesus, if we ever want to be freed from a specific, we have to let the light shine in all areas of our life, exposing those dark secret places, that sin, that we try to hide so often.  Today, what secret sin need to be exposed to the light?  Who is one person you could talk with and share your struggle and ask them to pray and hold you accountable as you bring this situation into the light so God can deal with it and you can experience freedom from it?  May we be people who aren’t afraid of the light of Christ, knowing that it make us more like Him and less like sin.

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