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John 3:16-21, Blinded by the Light

Key Verse

The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.
— John 3:19-20

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, July 13, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

I’m a perfectionist. For much of my life, any time I did something wrong—every time I was mean or disobeyed or got in trouble or disappointed someone—I filed it away somewhere in my mind, building up a rather impressive self-hatred I pretended wasn’t there. I always suspected it was there, but I couldn’t acknowledge it, because if I did, it meant I was irredeemably worthless.

In my early thirties, I had the opportunity to dig it all up in a loving and supportive environment, to bring all the bad stuff out into the light. It was excruciatingly painful—I can’t even begin to describe it here. Exposing my “evil deeds” to the light of God was one of the hardest things I have ever done, but it was the most healing thing I have ever done.

In this well-known passage from John, we are told that Jesus did not come into the world to condemn it, but that through him the world might be saved. Thus are we invited to bring our whole selves into the light of Christ and be healed.

What am I hiding in the darkness that Christ’s light can heal?


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