The Lord is clothed in light. We are called to let our light shine before all men. Romans 13:12 says, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”
1 John 1:6 says that if we ‘say’ that we have fellowship with the One who dwells in light, but walk in darkness, we are lying. Hmm. What does it mean to walk in darkness?
Hiding anything in our hearts except God’s word is walking in darkness. Here is an illustration. Jeremiah 13:1-11 was a prophetic act. God told Jeremiah to take a brand new sash, and put it around his waist. Then to hide it in a hole in the rock. After many days the Lord told him to take it out. It was ruined. Verse 7 says, “…It was profitable for nothing.”
In verse 9 God explained the prophetic act. He said that in the same manner He would ruin the great pride of Jerusalem. Verse 10 says that they refused to hear His words, they followed the dictates of their own hearts, and they walked after other gods and worshiped and served them.
Hidden unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment, or keeping a record of wrongs is disobedience. We have ignored God’s word, and followed the dictates of our own heart. We were wise in our own eyes, and did not fear Him. What we hide becomes an idol of our heart that dictates what we think and do. It enslaves us.
He knows what is in our heart. He wants us to acknowledge it as sin against Him. He alone is God, and He alone deserves all praise. He saved us and redeemed us that He might be our focus of worship so that He is glorified. Let us confess any hidden sin. As we enthrone Him in our heart, our testimony of light will shine.