Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Today’s Reading - 1 John 1

Pray - The verse or idea over your life that spoke to you today.


5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 But 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, purifies us from every sin. - 1 John 1:5-7


Knowledge that comes straight from the source is the best. It is reliable and trustworthy. We all know what can happen when we are told something that is from a friend of a friend of a friend. It can be perfectly accurate, 100% false, or somewhere in between. I recently heard a story third hand about a church in another city and I knew it was absolutely not true. John had been with Jesus and heard this great truth and promise straight from him. It was clear and concise. Walk in the light of Christ and there is no darkness, yet we find dark places in our life at times. We realize how easy it is to stray from the lighted path and stand in need of purification from every sin. John takes it even deeper to the point of great conviction if we find ourselves guilty. It’s a stern warning which says don’t claim to be one thing and intentionally live in an opposite manner. Don’t claim to live in the light and know in your heart you are continuing to live in darkness. John reminds us of what it is. A lie. And there is no truth in it. The great promise comes when we avoid living in a lie. Fellowship and purification from every sin comes when our heart’s desire is to live in the light of Christ. John goes on in later verses to acknowledge there will be those times of darkness we find ourselves in, but there is a way back to the light. Confession brings forgiveness and purification from all unrighteousness. Inherent in the character of God is the faithfulness and justice to do what he says he will do. Forgive. Purify. Don’t allow a moment of darkness to keep you from living in the light.


Heavenly Father, we confess and repent of our sins with the assurance you will forgive us and cleanse us. Help us to remember you have set our heart in a pathway of light and your desire is for us to walk in the light continually. Let us hold onto our faith and seek you at all times. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.