“Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. But their evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible…”
Have you ever looked around at your house when the sun shines brightly through the windows. Although the sun rays are warming, almost comforting, its beams of brightness annoyingly and embarrassingly expose all the uncleaned shelves covered in dust. Quite comically, it also shows where you have been lazy and only done a ‘half job’ sometimes. There is no escaping the inspection of the sun’s rays. It is like when the sun shines, it magnifies what we have been avoiding dealing with. The same is with our lives. Sometimes we try to cover up our mistakes and sins, thinking that in the secret of darkness, they will be hidden and free from consequence. Yet as Paul says, eventually our ‘evil intentions will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible.’
What is important to note, is the God’s light doesn’t want to expose us to embarrass us, but rather to gently correct us and protect us. For sin has power in secret, in darkness and when not spoken about; yet when exposed, sin’s power is broken. Half of the battle is bringing it out into the open. This takes confession on our behalf. Yet when we confess our sins to God or to our accountability partners, His comforting and love is like the warmth of the sun’s rays. Although our sin is exposed before Him, we can also soak in the warmth of His forgiveness and restoration. He is faithful and just to forgive us from all things we have kept in the dark and forgive and clean us up with the warmth of His loving grace.