For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
~ John 3:20-21
I love the Eugene Peterson interpretation of these verses:
“This is the crisis we’re in: God-light streamed into the world, but men and women everywhere ran for the darkness. They went for the darkness because they were not really interested in pleasing God. Everyone who makes a practice of doing evil, addicted to denial and illusion, hates God-light and won’t come near it, fearing a painful exposure. But anyone working and living in truth and reality welcomes God-light so the work can be seen for the God-work it is.”
I think of all the footage I’ve seen of criminals on their way into or out of a courthouse. Criminals who cover their faces. Men and women who have committed deplorable acts, shying away from the light. My initial reaction was “Sure, you do that stuff and you’re so proud in front of your friends, and now you have to face it in the light…Shame on you.”
But now, I feel that there is hope for them. They know enough to feel shame. They have had enough light to know that they have been comfortable in darkness. Sometimes they come to the light… (http://www.cracked.com/article_19393_7-ruthless-criminals-who-turned-good-when-nobody-was-looking.html )
Today, lift up the criminals who have seen the light and respond to it. Pray for those who live in darkness by choice. Pray that they meet your best friend, who knows it all.
Because of Him,
Coming Out of the Dark – Gloria Estefan