Living Free and Real

Tom McCrossan

READ : Ephesians 5:8-14

It’s ironic. With no sense of shame, people let it all hang out on daytime talk shows. But we in the church, who should be most open about our failures because of God’s promises to forgive and cleanse us, will so often hide our shame and act like everything is OK.

Ken Medema wrote a song about the church: “If this is not a place where tears are understood, where can I go to cry? And if this is not a place where my heart cries can be heard, where can I go to fly? I don’t need another place for trying to impress you with just how good and virtuous I am, . . . you and I both know that it’s a sham.” The church is for sinners only sinners who have been knocked to their knees by the sound of grace.

Equal at the foot of the cross, we find courage to expose our fruitless deeds of darkness to the light of Christ’s love. It is the only way to find the freedom Christ has for us. James 5:16 says, “confess your sins to each other so that you may

be healed.”

Healing may require more than forgiveness. It may require the help, prayers and accountability of our fellow Christians. Don’t let shame keep you hiding in the dark. Allow Christ’s light to shine on

all

your life.

PRAYER

Give me the courage to live free, O God, by living in your light. Amen.