Scripture for Today: 1 John 1:5-10 (NASB)
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
Reflections: Many years ago I took a group of high school students on a rock climbing adventure. We hiked about an hour, deep into the woods to a remote cliff face and climbed all day. As the sun started to set and evening arrived, we realized we did not have enough daylight to get back to civilization before darkness enveloped the wilderness. We hiked quickly as the light receded and darkness slowly crept across the forest. Before we knew it, we could not see a thing. We had no flashlights and became completely lost. What should have been less than an hour of meandering down the path, became an arduous and slow shuffle step journey. Every guy in our group stumbled and fell to the ground multiple times because we couldn’t see where we were headed. Without light, we had no idea where we were headed, and inevitable found ourselves lost and hurt.
Just as light illuminated the hiking path on the way up the mountain, , God’s light provides guidance, direction and illumination for our spiritual lives. Conversely, just as the absence of light made safely descending impossible, living our lives in the absence of God’s light will inevitably lead to being lost, hurting and confused.
John points out two incredible promises if we are willing to “walk in the Light”. First, we have the promise of fellowship with one another. Second, he says we are cleansed from “all sin” by the blood of Jesus. Think about that. Choosing to walk with God, to allow Him to light our path by living in proximity to Him will bring us peace and camaraderie with others. More significantly, it will result in a restored relationship with the God of the Universe. The verse source or “Word of Life” as we learned in the last post. God is continually offering us relationship with Him to illuminate our path and make our life incredible.
As if to further emphasize the point, John penned one of the most famous lines in the Bible in verse 9, “If we confess our sins He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” The word “forgive” in the original language means to “send away” or “divorce”. Essentially, John is saying when we confess our sins and walk in the light God provides, we become permanently separated from power of sin. Paul supported this truth when he wrote, “For the law of the Spirit of Life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death” (Romans 8:2). This is an inexplicably wonderful truth. It should alter the way we view ourselves, God and His plan for our lives. Through choosing to live life in line with the God of Light, we become truly empowered to “do all things through Him who strengthens (us)” (Philippians 4:13).
Taking Your Next Step: Confess any sin or area of life you are holding back from God and commit to living life in the light of His desire for you.
Questions to Catalyze Growth:
- What does the phrase “God is Light” mean to you?
- Do you “walk in the light”? What evidence would you provide for your answer?
- What stands in the way of you being able to “walk in the light” that God provides?
- How do you handle sin in your life? Is it easy or difficult to confess it? Why?
- How does verse 9 is true in your life? Do you believe it is true? Does your life reflect your belief?