Tuesday, June 14, 2016

What does it mean to walk in the light?

As you know my websites is called “Walking in the Light” and both are based on 1 John 1:7“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.”    But what does this verse really mean?

The word light means all that is good, holy, and right.  It is the character of God.  God is good, holy, and right.  He is the source of all truth.  He is light by His very nature.  Walking in the light is to live habitually in truth and holiness.   I’m not there yet, but as I grow in my faith I’m learning to be the light.

Light helps us not to stumble in the dark and trip over things.  Light exposes dangers and frees us.  To walk in the light is to live free from the bondage of sin.  Believers are given new life and unity with God.  There can be no unity between light and darkness.  God is the perfect pathway for us.  If you say you are a Christian, but do evil things, then you are walking in darkness not light.  We are to walk daily with Jesus.  His light promises hope and joy. 

Darkness threatens with despair and misery.  Walking in darkness means being a person of hate, while walking in light means loving people.  If you hate someone, you are in darkness.  We are not to love the world or anything in it.  The world is full of sinful cravings, lust, pride and self-centeredness.  We are to overcome the world.  “Who is it that overcomes the world?  Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God,”1 John 5:5.  Real Christians live in the light.  They believe in Jesus and are united with God and other Christians.  Sometimes it can be hard and we don’t always do or say the right thing.  It does get easier to live as He desires, if we stay in His Word and on our knees.

Walking in darkness means you are blind to the light of God.  Anyone who loves the world more than God is in willful darkness.  “The light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.” John 3:19 When you walk in darkness, you are controlled by the desires of the world.

God provided a way to make us clean from all sin and delivers us from all dark dangers.  He sent His Son, Jesus to die on the cross.  Jesus’ blood continues to cleanse us from sin as we walk in His light.  By His death our sins are taken away.  We have Jesus as an example and God’s Word for us to live by.  Jesus fills our every longing.  He gives hope and joy.  When we walk in His light we have fellowship with God and with other believers.

How are you living and walking in His light?
Where in your life is there still darkness?
What do you need to change in your life?

In summary:
Walking in the light means living under the desire for God instead of the world.
Walking in the light means by confessing, the blood of Jesus covers all our sin.
Walking in the light means to have fellowship with God and other believers.

I hope this has given you something to think about – and pray about.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope to see you here next time.

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