God is Light


Now this is the message that we heard from Him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say,”We have fellowship with Him,” while we continue to walk in darkness, we lie and do not act in truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of His Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin. If we say,”We are without sin,” we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing. If we say,”We have not sinned,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.        1 John 1:5-10      (NAB)

The message is simple, isn’t it? “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all.”Light in this context should be understood as complete and absolute truth and goodness. Darkness then, should be understood as complete and absolute untruth and depravity (Jn. 3:19-21).

John explains that to walk in the darkness (untruth) is to not walk in the light (truth). We must walk in truth to have fellowship with God and with each other. This means we can not live in a lifestyle of sin. We can not make excuses for it, defend it or sweep it under the rug, hoping it will go away. It must be confronted! We must repent!

The more we understand our relationship with our heavenly Father, the more we will understand that sin is more than just breaking rules, it’s breaking relationships. First, it breaks our relationship with God and it also breaks our relationships with each other.

Jesus came into the world to restore our broken relationships. First with God, and secondly with each other. When Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was, His answer was, a 1a and 1b answer; love God and love your neighbor. He reconciles us to the Father, to become one body in Himself! Jesus teaches us that it is of utmost importance to do both. If we walk in the light as He is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, this is what John is saying here. This is the truth.

In a previous study, What is truth,  I found a very good definition of truth in the dictionary, it said; Reality; actuality. So God is not only the truth  He is the reality! Making Jesus’ life our reality, that is living faith! That’s walking in truth, that’s walking in the light.

So let’s show God how much we love Him, by showing love for our neighbors also.

Amen.

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10 Responses

  1. Am liking the new look site!
    In Jesus,
    Maria in the UK
    http://www.inhishands.co.uk

    Thanks Maria, I just thought I’d try another look for awhile.
    Tim

  2. Very good… and very convicting at the same time.

    Love the new look!

    Thanks Amber. Glad you like the new look. I’m still kind of deciding.
    Tim

  3. Very good.

    What amazes me when I read about the saints — espeically the writings of the saints — is that the really believed the saw Jesus in the eyes of their neighbor. They not only believed it, but they lived it.

    It reminds me of the way C.S. Lewis closed his fabulous essay, “The Weight of Glory”: Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbor, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat — the glorifier and the glorified, Glory Himself, is hidden.

    Yes Jeff, that is one thing I noticed as well. Seeing Jesus in their neighbors, and treating them as such.
    In my own conversion experience, I would see people come into our store, day after day, from the St. Vincent de Paul Society, collecting food that was about to be thrown away, and taking it to food banks and soup kitchens around town. But one lady in particular, would take food down to the river. Homeless people had made a home for themselves under the bridge, and this lady would take them food almost daily. I was touched and challenged by that.
    Tim

  4. Not that it matters, but I find the font of the new look very difficult to read. I wonder if others find it hard to read.

    If I remember, the SHOCKING BLUE AND GREEN template is almost the same, but the font is easier to read.

  5. Just awesome! I guess I take it to heart because I’ve had to deal this recently.
    Many blessings…

    Love,
    DulceDiana

  6. Amen! Such good devotions on the internet. I “saw you” over at Maria’s In His Hands and wanted to say hello!

    Hello to you too Chris. Thanks for stopping by. Alot of people can be seen over at Maria’s In His Hands! She has a great word every morning!
    Tim

  7. You place some needed insight to this topic. We know that sin separates us from God but the context of a broken relationship, I hadn’t thought of in those terms. Truly if we love him, we’ll strive to live for him and when we go astray on something, we’ll deal with it immediatly in repentance. This is something that we all should really take to heart as the old nature is always seeking opportunity to grab the reigns. I think that this is the first time that I’ve been here. Good site indeed.

    Thanks Timbob for the comment. I think as we’ve lost the true meaning of the word covenant, it is easy to lose sight of in that context. Thanks for the visit!
    Tim

  8. Amen Tim, making Jesus life in us, His truth, our reality! May we walk in the Light always.

    Nice site and enjoying the posts!

    Blessings to you in Christ,

    Susan

    Thank you Susan, for the encouraging comment.
    His blessings to you as well.
    Tim

  9. I need more information on the word of God.

    Thanks

    John

  10. John, What “more information” do you need on the Word of God?
    I will help you as best I can.

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