This weekend at church, our pastor gave a message that really resonated with me. He is doing a series called “Shine” where he talks about living in the light of Christ and shining the Light of Christ through our own lives (click here to check out the sermon series). The verse this week’s sermon was based on was Ephesians 5:11-14
“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. This is why it is said, ‘Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead and Christ will give you light.'”
It’s easy to jump to the conclusion that we should be pointing out the sin in OTHER people’s lives after reading this verse. And there is the common saying “Love people but hate their sin.” But our pastor gave us the humbling challenge to:
“Love people and hate OUR OWN sin.” –I love that! A great phrase to live by.
The light of Christ will not just expose the evil and darkness in others, but it will expose the sin in OURSELVES. And praise God for that!
Another important point is that though the light of Christ exposes darkness & evil, instead of condemnation it brings grace, mercy, and forgiveness! We don’t have to be trapped in the darkness of our sin–Jesus shines his light to lead us into abundant life!
After church I felt challenged to truly love people and examine my own life and my pridefulness. Everyone has sin, people just sin differently so who am I to judge anyone?
I hope you are feeling challenged and inspired as well! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments 🙂