“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.” (1 John 1:5-7 NIV)
This is one of my favorite passages of scripture. The idea that not only has God saved us through His son Jesus but that in Him there is no darkness. We can learn a lot within this one passages. We can understand that fellowship with us is one of God’s desires. We can understand also that if we aren’t walking towards His light while He seeks to make us right through Jesus, we are still in the dark.
Have you ever attempted to stumble around in the dark in a place that you are visiting for the first time? It’s a little disconcerting. It’s pitch black, you are unfamiliar with your surroundings, and now you are trying to walk in this inky blackness…I will admit it’s a little frightening. I’ve done this and it’s very unsettling to have your arms outstretched and feet tenuously reaching for that next step, and the whole time you are hoping you don’t trip over something and fall.
Walking in the darkness of sin is also very unsettling. I was there…I’m sure you were as well. It’s a kind of blindness. It holds you captive and at times it feels as if you are shuffling your feet with arms outstretched as you wander around in the darkness.
Notice again the last line of this passage – “…and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin”. Can you imagine again for a moment shuffling in this terrifying darkness hoping to not trip and fall -eyes are useless…and then suddenly THE LIGHT is there to show us how and where to walk. It says Jesus can and will purify us from ALL sin…not a segment, not a limited run and then back into the darkness of sin, NO ALL SIN!! What a blessing that is to hear! What an assurance to us that we never have to wander around in the darkness searching with shuffled feet anymore…ALL sin means exactly that ALL!
Are You Still Wandering In The Darkness?
You don’t have to suffer the darkness of sin any longer.
You don’t have to suffer the dread that accompanies the darkness any longer. You don’t have to suffer the loneliness and emptiness any longer. Jesus paid it all for us. He suffered and died for us. He comes to us in our darkness and our struggling and illuminates our feet and our path and He shows us where to walk within His light.
Stop Acting Like You’re Still In The Darkness If You Know Christ!!
Secondly, to those who already know Jesus and that of His wondrous redemption and light, remember at YOU have been redeemed and start acting like it! Remember it! Share it with others! His light has illuminated your world, your path, your life…so shine! Don’t become consumed by the darkness any longer! Don’t allow the father of lies to trick you into thinking it never happened or maybe that you’re not redeemable…you, me, all of us are God’s children who He desperate wants to save and have fellowship with daily…even moment by moment.
-Just another think to ponder today
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank your for sending your son Jesus into my dark world to save us. Help me to see your light in my life. Help me to see evidence of your glory on this path. Walk beside me and illuminate my feet. Keep me from the dangers of the darkness today. Help me to shine through you so that others might see and find you as well! Lord I loved you. -Amen!