“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; but if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” – 1 John 1:5-10 (NRSV) [1]


Last week my blog reminded us of how our stories are significant. “Power In Weakness”


From the example of Paul, an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ, we saw how power is discovered in weakness.


I’ve continued to think about this. It’s an area in my life that – although I’ve made progress – I acknowledge: it’s more comfortable for me to avoid my weaknesses than embrace them.


Honestly, there are some of my weaknesses that I’m confident enough to acknowledge. I recognize I’m not the only person who struggles with feelings of inadequacy, procrastination, etc. Although confessing those weaknesses is humbling, it doesn’t feel as risky or threatening as addressing deeper sin issues.


Striving for excellence is not the same as perfection. When we aspire quality we desire authenticity; to be known – and hopefully accepted – for whom we are. Failure to “lean into our weakness” encourages hypocrisy. Look around us!


Recent reports reveal humankind desiring to portray an image of wholesomeness. But acts of sexual harassment, violence, greed, and other vices show their authentic self.


Government officials, leaders, celebrities, and the public are quick to say whatever seems appropriate at the time. However, when the cameras are off, and we believe no one is watching, our actions do not always match our words.


It’s one thing to say we believe in God. However, belief transcends cognitive rationale. True faith always displays itself in actions rather than words.


In many churches, it is common that each Sunday people confess their belief by reciting the Apostles or Nicene Creed. It’s a corporate confession of the basics of the Christian faith. Some read the words. Others can recite them from memory. However, it’s easier to say the words than to live them.


Yes, I’m appalled by the increased stories of sexual harassment, violence, greed, and corruption; especially from individuals, we want to trust. However, I’m also reminded: Light always reveals what’s hidden in darkness.


The coming of Christ – the LIGHT OF THE WORLD – will reveal that which is hidden in darkness; not to embarrass, but to expose so we can see what God sees and to repent and renounce our sinfulness.


The great hope we have is that when my sins are exposed, acknowledged, and humbly confessed, I’m known – and accepted – for who I am; a sinful person, loved and forgiven by God.


Today, I’m cautious about pointing my finger of accusation toward others, before I’ve allowed the light of Christ to expose my sins!



[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1989), 1 Jn 1:5–10.


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