Focusing On The Light Keeps Us Pure
Walking in the light gives us fellowship with the body of Christ and keeps us in right relationship with Him. This verse introduces a hint that we can walk without the light if we choose.
John puts the little doubting word “if” in the beginning of this verse. He says, “If we walk in the light,” as if to say we don’t have to walk in the light, we can choose not to. If we choose not to walk in the light then we release another whole set of circumstances.
In the verse prior to this one he says, “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness we lie and do not live by the truth.” He is saying that there are those who claim to be in the light but in fact they are in darkness. What is the evidence that they are in darkness? They don’t walk in fellowship with the body, and they are not free from sin.
In the verse following our verse for today he gives a remedy for walking in darkness. He writes, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
In context this passage seems to be saying that God’s will is for us to walk in fellowship with one another and to be free from sin. Are we always successful at that? No, that’s why he gives us a remedy. When we find that we are moving toward darkness in our attitudes or actions, we can remedy the situation by confessing and asking to be free.
Our struggles for righteousness are not over when we come to faith, in fact the journey of faith is a constant struggle against the tendencies of our flesh. To be successful in our faith walk we must be committed to persevere through every trying time and every time we find ourselves drifting back toward darkness we must again focus on the light.
Prayer: Lord, give me insight to see when my attitudes and behaviors are moving toward darkness. In Jesus name, amen.
Message: It is our confidence, or faith, in Christ as the revelation of God which gives us the conviction for a life of being committed to the principles of God’s word.
Affirmation: I am daily adding knowledge of God to my mind and heart and faith in his word gives me the conviction for a life committed to the principles of the faith.
Reflection: In order to continually be effective in our faith we must establish the pattern of adding knowledge of God and his plan to our heart and mind. What can you do to make adding knowledge to your faith a reality in your life?
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