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Walk in the Light

Updated on July 8, 2011



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!

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      John Reeder 3 years ago from Reedley, CA

      Thank you Debra (w50).

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      Debraw50 3 years ago

      Thank you Debra, your Hub is well written. I would much rather be in the light of Jesus than the darkness. And what you wrote about the paper route and the darkness, gives us all something to think about. God Bless you my friend.

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      John Reeder 4 years ago from Reedley, CA

      The book is about $80 on amazon and $20 from St Tikhons.

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      Debradoo 4 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Yes, I checked out the book on amazon. I have not bought it, but read some reviews concerning the book. Thanks.

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      John Reeder 4 years ago from Reedley, CA

      I was editing and program cut me off. I need to write what I am trying to say on Open Office Writer and the cut/paste it to this site. The link for the book is: http://www.stspress.com/products-page/books/the-an...

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      John Reeder 4 years ago from Reedley, CA

      Debradoo, you sure picked up on that one. The best book that I know of that explains the problems with the angry God Who is better known as a God of Love is "The Ancestral Sin" by Father John Savvas Romanides. He is on Wikipedia, but a good article about him can be found at: http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2010/10/theologica... You can find the book (best price) at: http://www.stspress.com/products-page/books/the-an...

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      Debradoo 4 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Expiation certainly paints a clearer picture of the transference of righteousness towards man and depicts the love of God towards man . . Whereas propiation depicts an angry God that demands payment. Thanks for the enlightenment Jacksson!

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      John Reeder 4 years ago from Reedley, CA

      I got on a roll and took a good look at propitiation and expiation. The best source that I found for an explanation of the the two words was "The Orthodox New Testament, Volume 2, Praxapostolos" published by Holy Apostles Convent. The nuns who put this version together are Greek women who used the 'proper' Greek manuscripts. Anyway, their note (91) for the various uses of the two words in Hebrews 9:5 follows:

      "The mercy seat, literally "place of expiatory atonement" (in Greek, ilasteerion, in Latin propitiatorium) was a covering plate of pure gold that corresponded to the dimensions of the ark.

      Note: "Expiation" is more in line with Orthodox (Church Fathers) understanding rather than "propitiation" which carries the Roman Catholic notion of appeasing divine justice, wherein God became Man in order to pay the price with His own life for Adam's offense to the majesty of God. The Christ did not go to His voluntary Passion to pay, in our place, a debt of honor so as to satisfy or compensate an angry Father."

      Expiation is defined as the act of making amends or reparation for guilt or wrongdoing; atonement.

      Propitiation is defined as the action of propitiating or appeasing a god, spirit, or person.

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      John Reeder 4 years ago from Reedley, CA

      I like what you say when you state:

      "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."

      That statement kind of does in the concept of once saved, always saved, and as a result the whole heresy of predestination. Yes, walking in the Light is relational and ends up with eternal results as in the correct translation of Matthew 10:32, "He who confesses IN Me before men, I will confess IN him before My Father . ."

      One problem though, in 1 John 2:2, the use of the word "payment" in your phrase "How can He be the payment for the sins of the world" is a poor choice. I took a look at my old King James version and the word is "propitiation" with a note saying "expiation." These words are hard to understand and payment is not the proper definition and I wouldn't use either one for this passage. In fact, in my various bibles and study notes, I have penciled in "mercy seat"; I do this because the same Greek word is used in Hebrews 9:5 and defined as the mercy seat. Jesus is the Mercy Seat for our sins and by His mercy He takes away the sins of the whole world. Sure beats payment.

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      Debradoo 5 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thank you Debbie!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      You are blessing me with these wonderful hubs.. Please write more.. sharing on prayer page on Facebook

      Debbie

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      Debradoo 6 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thank you so much Friend! I cannot figure out why sometimes, I am not alerted when someone posts a comment. I apologize for such a late response! Love ya as always, Friend.

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      FriendofTruth 6 years ago from Michigan

      Amen Debradoo! There have been such blessings in allowing the truth to come forth. So many times we fear the truth, but it is liberating in our lives when it comes forth because darkness is scattered - what a help to us in our walk with the LORD.

      Blessed by your article!

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      Debradoo 6 years ago from Cocoa, Florida

      Thanks Tamarajo. We delivered papers in a rural area and it was quite dark. No streetlights. The only light we had was the headlights of our car. And once in a while, somebody might leave on a porch light or such. So, the difference was quite a surprise to hubby and I. And, God used this paper route to explain to me about how the world walks in darkness and what a difference the light can make. See, hubby and I thought we knew about the places on our route. And it did not seem strange to us that we were in the dark since we knew our route. It took us doing the route in the daylight for us to know how wrong we had been. If not for the daylight, we would have never known the truth about those landscapes and homes and cars and such. The world has the same problem. They think it is ok because they have not seen it in the light. And amen for the light in our own lives, sister! Painful it is but once we get past the pain, the freedom is so liberating! The truth only hurts temporarily, and then the beauty of the truth will be revealed and make us grateful for the pain. The lies will hurt forever.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      I really liked your example of delivering papers in the dark then seeing everything in the light and how different those perspectives were. It really reminded me of when I walked in darkness and how I viewed life and the world around me. When Jesus called me out and the light was turned on I saw things from an entirely different perspective certain things that looked good were very bad and the colors of my world were not as I thought they were as you described in your article. I am grateful that He shone His light in my life and painful it was but how necessary and liberating.

      A truly blessed read.