Read 1 John Chapter 1
1Jn 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 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, purifies us from all sin.
We are painfully aware of how far we are from sinless perfections. We can begin every day in hope that we will be the perfect, Christ-like representation to the lives of all we meet. Most of us do not begin our day planning to sin. Yet, somewhere along the way, we rediscover some flaw in our walk with God. Perhaps we look too long at that handsome man or beautiful woman, and realize that we did not see that person through the eyes of God. Or the person who took our coffee order was a little too long in noticing we were there, and we snapped at them. Something always seems to happen which reminds us of our weaknesses.
There is great news for us from this passage. Because God’s Holy Spirit resides within us, we are aware of our errors in judgement. We will fail sometime during the day, but we are still guided by the Light. We are not walking in darkness. If we were walking in darkness, we would not likely recognize that fact. There are exceptions, of course. There are a few who know they are in darkness, and deliberately continue to do so, without any intention of making a course correction in life. But we are not of that way of thinking.
We are disappointed in ourselves when we fail our Lord. It is because we walk in the light that we can easily recognize our mistakes. If we were in the darkness, everything would look the same – black darkness all around. God’s light shines brightly in our pathway so that we can see clearly and give us opportunity to repent, and to atone if necessary.
But there’s even more good news. Because we walk in the light rather than darkness, we have fellowship with one another. Being a member of the body of believers is an indescribable privilege. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are part of God’s immeasurably great blessings. From them we gain encouragement, comfort, and many other positive influences.
We aren’t through yet. As we walk in His light, the blood of Jesus continuously purifies us from all sin (vs. 7). This may be the most wonderful point of the entire passage. Jesus is a continual cleansing agent who intercedes in our behalf every time we have sinned. His blood has already paid the price for every mistake we make. The payment for our transgression has already been received by our Father. We are being purified 24/7. Our joy over such a wonderful blessing should be never ending.
For far too long, I labored over every sin as though I had to confess over and over and over, days and even weeks after a purity failure. But our Savior knew that confession and repentance had taken place from that first moment of recognition of my sinfulness. He purified me from my sin the first time I confessed and repented. All of the agony and grief I suffered thereafter was a waste of my time and mental energies. We are continuously being purified by our Savior.
The reason why we do not and cannot use this truth as license to sin is very simple. If we were to feel free to sin because of our continual cleansing and purifying, we would immediately realize that too is sinful. To do so would be to misuse and take lightly His marvelous work of grace and mercy in our lives. We would not be allowed to live like that because of the Holy Spirit’s presence within us.
Prayer: Father, thank You for this beautiful picture of what Jesus has done for us and continues to do for us.