1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
What does it mean to walk in darkness? For John, we read from this passage, it has to do with our confession of sin. This is not lip-service to sin, a general admission that we may have sinned, but an honest recognition that we have sinned and are sinners. To live in the light is to be aware of God’s grace and not hide from our sinfulness, rather embrace Christ’s transforming power. To live in the light is to confess our sin. This requires humility and vulnerability. The older I become the more aware of my sinfulness I become. The more I step into God’s presence the more I realise how sinful to the core I am. I used to shy away from the feelings of guilt and shame I felt around my sinfulness, emotions I do not enjoy, most of us do not enjoy them. There was a time I simply desensitised myself by becoming less engaged with Christ, hardening my heart. Over the years I have realised that this strategy only led to greater brokenness. So, I decided to embrace Christ’s forgiveness in greater measure, and I found a willing Saviour, a forgiving Saviour, a gracious and grace-filled Saviour.
He is just to forgive us our sins. But we must confess them. Don’t try to redefine what is sin or not – let God’s Word search your heart and mind. Even when it may seem out of step with society let God’s Word search you so that you may confess your sin and be free!!
Father, help each of us to confess our sins and so experience your great freedom to live in holiness as we follow You!!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta