Dark Corners

5.2.14

Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is bad, your body is filled with darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.~ Luke 11:34-36

The dark corners of our hearts contain the things we hope no one will ever see. Maybe there we might find regrets, hidden urges, guilt, and secret sin. Perhaps hiding there are the attitudes we continually cover up hoping they will get better.  Old hurts that we seldom bring out of the darkness that either offer a strange comfort or are just too painful to see. Areas of our life that we have not yet yielded to the Holy Spirit may be there as well.

What resides in the dark corners of your heart? Of mine? Those are the things that are not paraded out for everyone to see … Where the hidden sins thrive out of sight. Those are the things that keep us from having a radiant life.  And we know it.

It takes some effort to keep things hidden away. Turn the light on them. Luke says the lamp to bring light is your eye. Perhaps one way to gauge our willingness to shine light in dark places is to observe what our eyes stay fixed upon.

What are you reading that brings insight and light?

What are you seeing that can enlighten the truth of God so that the lies of the Enemy can be defeated?

When feeling ‘dark’ is it because we have focused our attention on Jesus or because we have focused our attention on something that’s meant to take His place?

The words in the Word that will bring light are words such as….

Grace

Mercy

Peace

Hope

Holiness

Forgiveness

Love

When we let these words into the dark corners, some amazing things happen. For one thing we learn that we are the ones who kept the corners dark … like an unworthy security blanket that we just couldn’t release. Another thing we learn is that the light is so much more beautiful. We learn that the light of God’s truth does not ignore hurt, pain, suffering, despair, sorrow … it exposes the truth that He knows all about it.

And we learn that once we let the light in, we have the privilege of letting it out. The world around us needs this, because the darkness is so prevalent and people need Jesus to release them from the bondage they carry in their hearts.

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John