But who can discern their own errors?
Forgive my hidden faults. (Psalm 19:12)
Here’s the thing about light: it reveals.
Sometimes we would really rather not see the things it reveals especially if those revealed things are in the lives of people we trust to be shining examples for us. When light reveals our own errors and faulty thinking, those embarrassing weaknesses hidden from even ourselves, we want to squirm in shame. Light can be uncomfortable.
But God is merciful, and willing to exchange the lies we have believed for truth. If we avoid kicking them into another dark corner or assigning their ownership to someone else, but rather own up to them, he is willing to show us a better way. He is faithful and just. He will forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Yesterday an error on my part was revealed to me by a man in a car with flashing lights on top. It was not a deliberate disobedience of the law, but nevertheless a serious oversight on my part and I was extremely embarrassed by it. Mortified. My first response, when the light shone upon it, was to want to make excuses, but the better response was to say, “Yes, Sir,” and go get the problem fixed before I went any further. So I did. Today I my conscience is clear and I am actually glad that he stopped me when he did, before something much worse happened. (And to all my friends and acquaintances who drove by while the man in uniform and I chatted on the side of the road and then he gave me a ride in the back of his squad car –“Hi there!”)
Repentance means to turn around. Change. Have a different thought.
What we are telling you now is the very message we heard from Him:
God is pure light, undimmed by darkness of any kind.
If we say we have an intimate connection with the Father but we continue stumbling around in darkness,
then we are lying because we do not live according to truth.
If we walk step by step in the light,
where the Father is,
then we are ultimately connected to each other through the sacrifice of Jesus His Son.
His blood purifies us from all our sins.
If we go around bragging, “We have no sin,”
then we are fooling ourselves and are strangers to the truth.
But if we own up to our sins,
God shows that He is faithful and just
by forgiving us of our sins and purifying us
from the pollution of all the bad things we have done.
(1 John 1:5-9)