1 John 1:5-10
Living in the Light
5 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. 6 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. 7 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. 8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 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. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
Light is related to truth in that light exposes whatever exists, whether it is good or bad. In the dark, good and evil look alike: in the light they can be clearly distinguished. Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of a holy God. If we want to have a relationship with God, we must put side our sinful ways of living. To claim that we belong to him but then to go out and live for ourselves is hypocrisy. Christ will expose and judge such deceit. It is difficult for most of us to admit our faults and shortcomings, even to God. It takes humility and honesty to recognize our weaknesses, and most of us would rather pretend that we are strong. Be we need not fear revealing our sins to God – he knows them already. He will not push us away, no matter what we’ve done. Instead he will draw us to himself.
When was the last time you got REAL with the people around you? The Christian walk was never meant to be walked alone… we need each other. Set an appointment this week with someone you care deeply about and share with them your struggles. Be vulnerable with them and ask them to pray for you. If you do that, you will begin to experience authentic community.