1 John 1:5-10

1 John 1:5-10

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 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. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us (1 John 1:5-10).

You can’t get clearer representation about whether you’re a Christian or not than these verses. Listen, if you walk in darkness, you don’t walk in Light. What is the Light? The Light is God. What is the darkness? It is sin. Does this mean that if we sin we aren’t Christians? Or that if we do, we are going to hell?

If we keep reading, we see that we cannot be without sin. If we say we aren’t sinners, the truth isn’t inside us. But, if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just. he will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. Let’s talk about what a “walk” looks like.

Picture yourself walking next to Christ. He is so awesome that you can’t take your eyes off of him. And yet, every so often, you feel as though you need to because you see something worth looking at. So, you take your eyes off of him, and suddenly you fall into a pothole. Jesus picks you back up and puts you back on the path again–and for a while, you can’t stop looking at him again.

That is what your walk will probably look like. Jesus is the Light of the world. You walk with him, and sometimes, you fall into sin (pothole). This happens when you take your eyes off the Savior. But, notice what happens when you’re in the hole, he picks you back up again and puts you back onto his path. This can only happen if you’ve confessed your sins.

What does walking in darkness look like? Just the opposite. If you’re in darkness, there is no light. You sin constantly and don’t feel bad about it. You likely commit the same sins over and over again without the fear of God’s judgement. If this is you, please contact me so we can pray for you.

 

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