WALKING IN DARKNESS

“If we claim to have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”              1 John 1:6 NIV

 

To understand this verse and the verses that follow, we must see that John is writing about the false claims of the false teachers. Their claims are introduced by the phrase, “if we claim . . .” (John 1:6, 8, 10). John shifts the “we” from the apostles to a hypothetical group that may include anyone, but especially targets the false teachers. Their first claim was, “We have fellowship with God” (John 1:6), but John says that their lives did not back up their claim. They walked in darkness, they lied and they did not practice the truth. “To walk” points to the general tenor of one’s life. Since to walk in the light involves confessing our sin (John 1:9), to walk in the darkness means ignoring or denying our sin. It is to block out the light of God’s holiness, as revealed in His Word, and to live as the world lives, making up your own ideas about right and wrong apart from God. It is to justify our own behaviour either by redefining sin, by blaming it on other factors, or by doing away with the entire concept of sin. To walk in darkness is to try to hide from God, rather than exposing our life to Him. Apparently these false teachers were doing this. But we need to apply this personally. If as a way of life, I am not allowing God’s Word to confront my sinful thoughts, attitudes, motives, words and deeds, I am walking in darkness. If I dodge my sin by blaming others or making up excuses for why I sin, I am walking in darkness. To have fellowship with God, we must recognize that He is absolutely holy. And, we must not walk in the darkness.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, let the Light of Your holiness dispel the darkness in my life.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord, if we are to have fellowship with You, we must recognize that You are absolutely holy, and we must not walk in the darkness. Shine Your light into our lives and dispel the darkness. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Deuteronomy 31:19-22

 

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