WALKING IN THE LIGHT

“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 all sin.”               1 John 1:7 NIV

 

To walk in the light is to live openly before God, seeking to be holy and hating all sin. To walk in the light is to walk “as He Himself is in the Light” (1 John 1:7). This does not imply that the person walking in the light never sins. 1 John 1:7 indicates that the blood of Jesus purifies (present tense) from all sin the one who is walking in the light. So, to walk in the light does not mean to be sinless. Rather, it points to a habitual pattern of living openly before God who examines the heart. To walk in the light is to seek to be holy as God is holy. But, what about when we sin? To walk in the light is to confess our sins so that we can experience God’s forgiveness and cleansing. A person who walks in the light does not deny their sin or try to cover it up. They do not blame others for it or make excuses about it. Rather, they confess it. To confess means to agree with God that our sin is sin. It means to accept responsibility for it and to turn from it. God’s wonderful promise is that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive and cleanse us. Forgiveness and cleansing overlap somewhat, except that forgiveness relates to the guilt of sin being pardoned, whereas cleansing points to the defilement of sin being removed. The forgiven person does not need to fear God’s judgment. The cleansed person is free to draw near to God in worship because the defilement of sin has been taken away.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord, I draw near to You in worship because of Your forgiveness.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You, Lord, that since we have been forgiven by Your grace in Jesus Christ, we do not need to fear Your judgment. We are free to draw near to You in worship because the defilement of our sin has been taken away. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Judges 5:1-9

 

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