MONDAY, MARCH 16
All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed.
John 3:20 (NLT2)
MY SIN IS UGLY
Have you ever woken up in the morning feeling pretty good about yourself only to change your mind after looking in the mirror? When the lights are on, all the imperfections, wrinkles and messy hair can’t be hidden. Sin is like this. When we go against God and His commands, our first instinct is often to cover it up. This is nothing new. When Adam and Eve sinned for the first time, they immediately tried to hide from God. The truth is, we don’t want our sins brought to light because sin is ugly. If you are following Jesus, you will make some people very uncomfortable. Jesus said: “All who do evil hate the light and refuse to go near it for fear their sins will be exposed” (John 3:20 NLT2).
Take one look at the cross, and the ugliness of sin is evident. Jesus took the sin of the world, and it was not a pretty picture. He “was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed” (Isaiah 53:4-5 NLT2). When the light of God’s holiness shines on sin, there is no way to hide how ugly it is. On the cross, Jesus didn’t run and hide. He carried our sin for the world to see.
When has sin brought something ugly into your life? How could the daily habit of confessing your sins to the Lord keep the claws of sin from digging into your life? In Romans 5:8, Paul said, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” Praise God for being so loving and gracious. Thank Him for sending Jesus to die for you even though He knew every sin you would commit.