1 John 1:1-10
We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life. This one who is life itself was revealed to us, and we have seen him. And now we testify and proclaim to you that he is the one who is eternal life. He was with the Father, and then he was revealed to us. We proclaim to you what we ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that you may fully share our joy. This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts. (1 John 1:1-10 NLT)
John writes about having fellowship with other believers. There are three principles behind true Christian fellowship. First, our fellowship is grounded in the truth of Gods word. Second, it is mutual, depending on the unity of believers. Third, it is renewed daily through the Holy Spirit. True fellowship combines social and spiritual interaction, and it is made possible only through a living relationship with Jesus Christ.
Light represents what is good, pure, holy, and reliable. Darkness represents what is sinful and evil. Light is also related to the truth in that light exposes whatever exists, whether good or bad. In the dark, good and evil look alike; in the light, they can be clearly distinguished. Just as darkness can not exist in the presence of light, sin can not exist in the presence of a holy God. If we want to have a relationship with God, we must put aside our sinful ways of living. To claim that we belong to him but then go out and live for ourselves is hypocrisy. Christ will expose and judge such deceit.
After we become Christians, we still sin and still need to confess. This kind of confession is not offered to gain Gods acceptance, but to remove the barrier to fellowship that our sin has put between us and him. It is difficult, however, for many people to admit their shortcomings, even to God. It takes humility and honesty to recognize our weaknesses, and most of us would rather pretend that we are strong. But, we need not fear revealing our sins to God – he knows them already. He will not push us away, no matter what we have done. Instead, he will draw us closer to himself.