Living in exposure to the light of God’s truth is part of the pathway toward spiritual maturity. So go ahead. Walk in the light. Endure the pain of exposure for the blessing of increasing holiness.
I recently stayed in a hotel that offered a special mirror in the bathroom. It magnified every flaw and every wrinkle on my face and then shined a bright light on them! Why would anyone want to stay at that hotel?
Honesty is hard because it forces us to expose our true selves and we live in the fear that we will ultimately be rejected by others if who we really are is revealed. None of us like to be exposed. But living in exposure to the light of God’s truth is part of the pathway toward spiritual maturity. John put it this way…
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, purifies us from all sin.
- 1 John 1:7 (NIV)
John linked the idea of closeness to people with the concept of walking in the same light that God Himself walks in. When God’s truth shines on God, we see His holiness. In contrast, when God’s truth shines on us, we see our unholiness. We catch glimpses of our flaws and our wrinkles and the ways that we haven’t yet conformed to His image.
BUT… John’s statement doesn’t end on a fatal note at all. He quickly reassures us that for every flaw, for every sin, for every stain, there is the overwhelming, cleansing, purifying blood of Jesus, the One who died to pay our sin debt.
So go ahead. Walk in the light. Endure the pain of exposure for the blessing of increasing holiness, trusting that Jesus’ blood covers every flaw.