Living in the light

June 10th, 2014

In 1 John 1:5-10 there is a section titled “Living in the light”. Today I read from the NLT and several verses jumped out at me.

The first was verse 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.

At the time of writing false teachers had infiltrated the church and John was partly writing to address that.

The various false teachers taught that the physical body was evil and they took one of two approaches.

1. Live in strict discipline to deny the body and hence defeat evil, or

2. Give in to it and live a life of lust. They reasoned that since the body was evil you can give in to it. This approach was popular to many.

The problem was that we can’t live in the light if we are walking in darkness at the same time. If we do we are not walking with God and practicing the truth.

John goes on to share a truth that helps us to live in the light – confession. Verse 9 tells us that if we confess our sin God is faithful and will forgive and purify us.

I long to live right before God and walk in the truth. But there are times when I fail in word, thought or deed. Rather than beat myself up, I simple go to God, confess and ask forgiveness.

Sometimes I feel a huge flood of relief in my soul knowing I am forgiven. Other times I don’t really feel anything but I know from His Word that I am forgiven and purified.

When I do this I know I am free and I can walk in the light with God. I know my sin is covered by Jesus’ blood and I am in fellowship with Him.

Here are some questions for personal reflection and application:

What are some of the ways you used to walk in darkness and you no longer do? (This to show God’s work in your life)

What are some of the habits and patterns you fall into now that may need confessing to God? (This is to keep you walking in the light)

God Bless,
Dave

 
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