This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, purifies us from all sin. – 1 John 1:5-7

What does this passage mean when it uses the words “walk in the light?” Light reveals things and allows them to be seen. Darkness hides; but light reveals. So if we walk in the light we are walking in such a way that our lives are being revealed. When we walk in the dark, we hide things. Walking in the light is about being honest with others. It is about finding someone with whom to be honest when we sin. It is being honest and admitting that we commit sins and are fallen broken people still progressing in a journey of holiness.

Randy Stonehill seems to understand the danger of sins that are hidden in the dark. Listen to the words of his song, “Under the Rug.”

Under The Rug
Lyrics and Music by Randy Stonehill from the album The Lazarus Heart
(Listen here)
I have a secret I can’t tell, and I’ve learned to conceal it well,
Under the rug.

I have a secret I can’t tell, and I’ve learned to conceal it well,
Ah, but this disturbing smell keeps coming from the carpet, (under the rug)
That’s where the old ghosts hide away, down in the darkness and decay,
I work so hard to make them stay down beneath the floorboards. (under the rug)

Oh, I needed the perfect plan, but it’s all gotten out of hand,
I keep my head in the sand now,
It’s so scary under the rug.

“Bury your sins and they won’t survive,” I told myself ’til the big surprise,
Down in the dirt is where they thrive, like little poison toadstools,
Under the rug,

It’s the thing in Pandora’s box, biting through all the chains and locks,
Now the whole house is rocking,
It’s so scary under the rug, (so scary)
It’s so hairy under the rug, (under the rug)
It’s so scary under the rug.

Oh, skeletons dance, and I fear they might rattle their bones in the broad daylight,
Oh, yeah.

So I wear a poker face; I close all the curtains just in case,
But something lurks in the crawling space, pointing bony fingers, (under the rug)
I hear the ticking of my telltale heart, like a bomb set to blow my world apart,
I wish that guilt would make us smart, but I’m sweeping all this garbage…

I have a secret I can’t tell, and I’ve learned to conceal it well,
Under the rug.

We each must ask, “Am I walking in the light and revealing my life to others or am I still keeping some things hidden in the dark?” Sins that are allowed to sit in dark corners will incubate and grow. Those exposed to the light lose their ability to harm us and harm others. Each of us needs one person or a few people to whom we truly reveal ourselves. Then we will be walking in the light “as He is in the light.”

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