Everyone has a dark side that flirts with your feelings and tries to lead you astray. It is ironic that your dark side engenders fear and, at the same time, a false and hollow hope. However, there is nothing about your dark side that is good. It is always attempting to seduce you into your old way of thinking and doing. It wants to pull a dark cloud over your soul and rain down discontentment and confusion. The dark side is filled with demons of discouragement seeking to seduce you into poor and even foolish decision- making. It knows that one devastating decision can mark you for a lifetime. The dark side offers the illusion that adultery is harmless and recreational. It reasons with you that in the cloak of darkness, no one will ever find out. You are led to believe that enough lies can cover up your dark deeds. That, of course, is the sort of fiction you'd find in a romance novel. "'...you may be sure that your sin will find you out'" (Numbers 32:23b). The light will eventually pierce the darkness and, like a scattering roach, you will be exposed. But there is nowhere you can go where God is not present. He is light; so in darkness, the light of His love exposes you. Why crouch in a dark corner of carnality, when you can be free in the light of Christ? Darkness promises freedom but delivers bondage. The promise of God is grace, which results in faith's freedom. Christ is light in the darkness, and His word is your flashlight of faith. In Him, darkness recoils. Your dark side will hound you until you get to heaven. So, in the meantime, it is imperative to live in the light. Live in the light of God's love, for that's where you are accepted and kept secure; Live in the light of accountability, for that's where you have boundaries from the edge of darkness; Live in the light of Christian community, for that's where others can pray for you and with you; Live in the light of God's Word, for that's where you gain His wisdom and perspective. Simply live in the light of Christ, and He will repel the relentless rampage of your dark side. "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 1:7). Therefore, do not tamper with the temptations of your dark side alone, or you may suffer the scars of sin's consequences.
You can only gain authentic energy and excitement in the light. This far exceeds the artificial tantalizing that comes from submission to the dark side's temptations. No sin can be hidden from God, no matter how concealed it may seem in the deepest corner of darkness. Wise ones submit to the light rather than to the deceptive dark side. The dark side is full of unpleasant surprises, while the route of the Holy Spirit offers pleasant ones. Walk away from the dangers of the dark side. Nothing there is worth the energy and the horrific hurt that accompanies its mission. Tell someone today your deepest, darkest secrets. Exposure is the enemy of your dark side. Freedom in Christ comes from accountability with other Christ-followers. Walk in the light together, as overcomers with God and people.
Alone, you backslide into your dark side. Therefore, surround yourself with lovers of the light. In the light you get it right.
Boyd Bailey, Seeking Daily the Heart of God (Atlanta: Wisdom Hunters, 2011).