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Honest Brokenness

1 John 1:5-9; John 8:12, 31-36

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1 John 1:5-9

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 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.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 8:31-36

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching,you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

34 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. 35 Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.


Brokenness is all around us. We’ve all heard stories of politicians, performers, pastors, and priests who have hidden sins brought to light. The result is hurt, confusion, and disillusionment.

These stories demonstrate what Scripture teaches—hiding our wounds or secret sins only breeds pain, deception, and hypocrisy. “People are slaves to whatever has mastered them” (2 Peter 2:19).

Our hope in brokenness is found in Jesus. Jesus came as “the Light of the World” (John 8:12) to expose our darkness—not in order to condemn us, but in order to save us (John 3:17).

We all carry wounds, but Jesus is our healer. When we courageously approach Him in our brokenness, He promises to heal us and set us free without judgment or condemnation (1 John 1:5-9). God desires to give us abundant life (John 10:10), and it begins with coming to Him broken. In Jesus, we have the promise of freedom.

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But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8

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  1. What does 1 John 1:5-9 say about being honest with God about our brokenness?
  2. What keeps us from bringing our brokenness into the light?

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  • What do you struggle to bring into the light? Write down one struggle and ask God to lead you to freedom.

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