A week behind here, but as I was reviewing verse 20 and it caused me to pause: "Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. "
“Everyone who does evil…” The study points to this verse and states that “We prefer dark!” I don’t really read this passage that way, so please “enlighten” me if I’m off track here… But I read this as saying that SHAME is what keeps people in the dark. We are ALL evildoers. Even as a believer, coming before God to confess my sins is not pleasant. But because I know my heavenly Father, His character and love for me, I can approach Him knowing I will receive mercy. Is that true with those who do not know Him? If you do not know grace or the love of the Father, hiding in the dark seems a natural course of action.
To me this also points to our responsibility as Christians. Jesus states in Romans that it’s the Father’s kindness that leads us to repentance. We are His representatives. How do we present God the Father? Are we harsh and critical…always talking about sin? Jesus said that if we lift Him us (not point out someones sins), HE would draw all men unto Him.
I’m not saying that people don’t love darkness and the pursuit of sin, but to me this points to more than that. It points to the fact that men hide (just like Adam and Eve) when we’ve done wrong because we are scared, ashamed, etc.
What could coax a person into the light?