Wednesday, April 8, 2015

1 John 1:1—2:2 Walking in the Light

KEY VERSE: 1 John 1:6-7 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 cleanses us from all sin.

KEY THOT: The key to unbroken fellowship with God and others is walking in the light (honesty and transparency). Darkness comes when I try to hide my true self behind a facade of religiosity or spirituality.

God is light and so we can only have fellowship with Him if we continually walk in the light. Darkness is caused by sin which results in a loss of authenticity and transparency. When Adam and Eve sinned, they lost not only their innocence but transparency: they started "covering up" (with fig leaves). Whenever we put up a facade of religiosity or frivolity, we are walking in darkness. When we walk in darkness, we hide from God like Adam and Eve. 

I must learn to be honest with God about myself and also honest with others. I must be careful not to be overly concerned about what others think of me, if not I may be tempted to keep up the pretence of spirituality which make it hard for people to know the true self behind my religious masks. However, transparency also means I must be prepared to be vulnerable and get hurt when people use what I share with them to attack me. However, since my fellowship is primarily with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ, I must not allow others’ darkness to cause me to become dishonest with myself and with God.

Sin causes darkness, and religious facade is a result of unconfessed and uncleansed sins. So whenever I sin against God, I must immediately “come clean” by confessing my sin before God so I can be cleansed. (I don't wait until Sunday morning to do it). God’s promise in 1 John 1:9 is that He will “forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Father, thank You for the fellowship of light. Help me walk in the light daily, so that I can have fellowship with You and with others. Amen.

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