Exposing Personal Sin

I am studying through the book of Ephesians with my group of five sophomore guys. Tonight we are studying Ephesians 5:1-20. A couple verses that stuck out to me were verses 8 and 11, “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light… Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Paul is talking about them actively walking in the light and exposing the unfruitful deeds of darkness.

Much could be said about confessing and exposing sin but I just want to point out one principle and give some thoughts on it:

Principle: A Christian walks in the light and exposes their personal sin.

A Christian is one who believes that he is saved, not by what he does, but by what Christ has done on his behalf. So the normal pattern of a believer is to regularly confess and expose sin. They love to have the light of the Spirit shine into every corner of their sick heart so Christ’s finished work on the cross can be exulted and made much of. Christians don’t need to hide their sin because they fully rely on the fact that Christ work is sufficient. In fact, if someone is regularly making excuses for their sin and hiding it so it won’t be exposed, it is very likely evidence that they are not trusting Christ and are trying to establish their own self-righteousness. 1 John 1:5-7 says, “This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

You enter Christianity by openly admitting you a sinner who needs Christ to pay for your sin. You continue to grow in Christianity by continuing to openly expose your sin and trust Christ to give progressive victory over sin. Do not expect to make any progress or grow if you are not opening walking in the light and exposing your sin. Be ever testing your heart to see if you are growing in seeing more of your sin, hating it, feeling more sorrow, confessing it, and turning your heart from it. So why hide your sin? Christ died for it! Why try to make yourself look righteous and keep your sin secret? Christ came for the unrighteous! Why live alone in the cold and miserable darkness. Walk in the light and experience the warmth and joy that comes from the merciful light of the world.