I JOHN 1:5-6: “This is the message we heard from Christ and are reporting to you: God is light, and there isn’t any darkness in him. If we say, “We have a relationship with God” and yet live in the dark, we’re lying. We aren’t being truthful.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: Am I in the light – or – in the darkness? This is a very important question, and one that everyone must ask themselves. It is not only a question that we ask ourselves when we become aware of our need for a Savior. It is also a question we ask ourselves daily as we endeavor to walk in this new life of faith. David earnestly prayed to the Lord,
- “Examine me, O God, and know my mind. Test me, and know my thoughts. See whether I am on an evil path. Then lead me on the everlasting path.” (Psalms 139:23-24 GW)
It is interesting to note that both David, and John in this epistle, talk about walking in the light before they talk about the possibility of finding themselves in the darkness. David, prior to the above two verses writes – “Shouldn’t I hate those who hate you, O LORD? Shouldn’t I be disgusted with those who attack you?” (Psalms 139:21 GW). John writes prior to verses 5-6 – “This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing this so that we can be completely filled with joy.” (1 John 1:3-4 GW). So why this pivot into being concerned about the “darkness”?
If you drive a car, you are familiar with what is known as a “blind spot”. This is an area where nothing appears to be near, according to all the side and rear mirrors – yet, there is a car right beside you. Everyone who has driven has experienced the cold sweat of beginning to change lanes, only to be surprised by a loud horn blast from the car we almost hit. And we always seem to have to say – “Wow, I did not even see that car, where did it come from?” Why? Because it came from our “blind side”.
In our spiritual journey as Christians we all have blind sides. John makes it very clear – we are redeemed, but we all still struggle with sin. We are forgiven, but not perfect. The Christian walk is a progressive unveiling of the life of Jesus Christ transforming our hearts, our minds, and character. Just like we experience blind spots when we drive, we can experience spiritual blind spots as we walk in the light. We must always be ready to acknowledge them, and to deal with them. How do we do this? John gives us God’s provision for dealing with these blind spots.
- “But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from every sin. If we say, “We aren’t sinful” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong. If we say, “We have never sinned,” we turn God into a liar and his Word is not in us.” (1 John 1:7-10 GW)
What a wonderful truth! What a wonderful provision! God does not just save us so that we can go to heaven when we die. He saves us so that we can experience an ever increasing provision of heaven (light) as we live! We are now children of HIs light. We are called to walk in His light. And when we stumble, and we all stumble – we have a wonderful provision in Jesus Christ to not only forgive us, but also to cleanse us, empower us, and restore us to the light! It cannot be earned, it is His free gift. However, it takes heartfelt and sincere confession. It takes being honest with God and ourselves when our blind spots cause us to stumble into the darkness.
Anything that is contrary to the Word of God, and to the revealed love of God in Jesus Christ is darkness.
- “This is the message we heard from Christ and are reporting to you: God is light, and there isn’t any darkness in him.” (1 John 1:5 GW)
To ignore our blind spots, is to remain in the darkness. This is both deceptive and dishonest. We are lying to ourselves when we ignore our sin. We are also missing out on the wonderful provision of forgiveness and cleansing through Jesus Christ!
- “If we say, “We have a relationship with God” and yet live in the dark, we’re lying. We aren’t being truthful.” (1 John 1:6 GW)
So, as we walk with Jesus in this new life of faith, we need to adjust our mirrors, make sure to look over our shoulder, and ask for help from honest brothers and sister who can hold us accountable when we begin to drift into a collision course with our former way of living. John was clear, this is a call for the entire family of faith. We cannot walk this new walk of faith alone!
- “But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from every sin.”. (1 John 1:7 GW)
Lord, help me to walk in the light, as You are in the light! Reveal my blind spots today, and help me turn immediately to you in sincere repentance. Forgive and cleanse me anew, through the blood of Jesus Christ, and empower me by Your Grace to get back on track and walk in Your light! Lord, I am trusting You for a Son filled day!
In Jesus Name!