May 9: Walking In the Light

Read 1 John 1

The message changes everything.

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. (v5)

Divine illumination of holy purity and wholeness. There is no imperfection, no spot of darkness in Him at all.

So when Jesus came into the world proclaiming Himself to be its Light, the holy illumination of all that God is exposed sin in its reality and provided a way to purity, real life, eternal life.

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 cleanses us from all sin. (v 7)

We need the Light to see the path, to know every next step. But sometimes we see it and still let our feet wander a bit. Because sometimes it’s hard to follow that lit path, even with all its fellowship and amazing God-life.

Sometimes I hear His voice, feel His nudge, see the light shine on the wise way to take, and I still choose the wrong way. That’s why I need Him. Why I need His light.

Because He shines ever faithful on the way I should go, but He shines just as brightly into the depths of my heart, exposing the fault in my wrong-way choosing. And He points me back to the way He always has lit.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (v9)

You see the Light of the World, Jesus Christ, exposes the darkness of sin and death that keeps us out of fellowship with Him. He illuminates the way so you and I can walk in truth and live real life.

But His faithfulness remains true. His love does not change. The Light of the World, shining bright on the way of life shines ever-true into our hearts as well. Because light is not choosy. It shines and exposes wherever it is pointed.

So as we walk in fellowship with the Light, He exposes our faltering even as He faithfully points out the way back to the path. The way called humility, brokenness, death to self. Fellowship with God.

And this is faithful God. The Word of Life. The Light of the World.

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