- Religion and Philosophy
Walk in the Light
1 John 1:6 ..If, then, we say that we have fellowship with him, yet at the same time live in the darkness, we are lying both in our words and in our actions. 7.. But if we live in the light just as he is in the light ??then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from every sin.
What does it mean to live in the darkness? And how do we walk in the light? First, let's establish that to live in the darkness is to live in and practice evil (sin) on a daily basis with no regard or intent to abstain from such practice. God does not live in nor practice sin, therefore if we claim to have a relationship with God, we would not be living a sinful life. Yes, we all have our faults and our weaknesses. But, that does not mean we settle for a lesser life or that we allow our faults to have the upper hand. When we have a relationship with God, we will admit our faults, our sins, our weaknesses and reach out to His Word for the truth about who we are in Him and what we do for Him. We are children of the light. We know better. Children of the darkness do not know better since they cannot know what is sin and what is not sin. Have you ever been in the dark and took in your surroundings and thought you knew what something was, only to turn on the light and find that you were wrong about some things? My husband and I used to have a paper route. We delivered our papers between the hours of 3am and 5am and it was always dark. We became extremely familiar with our route and the homes and the streets, etc. Or so we thought. Then one day, our papers were late and we were not able to deliver the papers until 7am. It was completely daylight and we were both taken aback at how wrong about so many things we had been and how much different everything was in the daylight hours. Houses we thought were green were actually white. Cars we thought were brown were gray. Shrubs were not the variety we had thought. Homes we thought were so lovely were not so lovely. The list goes on. It was a different experience in the light than it had been when were were working in the dark. The apostle John understood the concept of the darkness and the light well and wrote about the light often in his books. In John 12:35 ..Jesus answered, 'The light will be among you a little longer. Continue on your way while you have the light, so that the darkness will not come upon you; for the one who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. 36 ..Believe in the light, then, while you have it, so that you will be the people of the light.' Walking in darkness requires no effort on our part. It comes naturally to us since this world is enveloped by darkness. Our flesh is comfortable with the darkness. Doing what is wrong is so easy. However, to walk in the light requires that we make a decision and an effort. Walking in the light is a realization and a choice we make, to practice living a Godly life. It takes time and effort and can be painful at times when the light shows us some things about ourselves that need attention and addressing. Walking in the light can only be accomplished when we have responded to and accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Now, we belong to Him and we have nothing to fear about ourselves, no matter our past or present. We are children of the light. Once we hear the truth about ourselves, we must respond to that truth and accept what God has said about us.
1 John 2:2 says ..He is the payment for our sins, and not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the whole world.
How can He be the payment for the sins of the world, yet the world remains in darkness? Because the world refuses to respond to His truth and to accept His sacrifice. This keeps the world in darkness. Let us know who we are in Him and walk in the light! Walking in the light is not a matter of being perfect and it is not a one time deal but an ongoing process. It is not about our performance, rather it is about our daily relationship with God. The Christian walk is not an exhausting battle of self-improvement. Freedom from sin comes about through our fellowshiping with God and our exposure to His light. When we do fail to live according to God's standards (and we will), we are not to strive to be perfect the next time. Come to God, confess the sin and believe that He is just and faithful to forgive us our sins, just as His Word declares in 1 John 1:9. The more we reach out for the grace of God, the more He is able to transform our lives in His marvelous light!