“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)
When we become Christians our lives are to change. We have moved from darkness into light. Now John tells us to walk in the light – not reverting to old habits and activities and the ways of the world. It underlines for us the truth that faith is not merely a matter of words but of living as well.
As Christ is the Light then His is the Way that we are called to follow. As He reflected God’s goodness and love so should we. His words particularly are to be our guide and ‘a lamp to my feet’ (Psalm 119:105). Always and at all times we should focus on drawing closer to Him and into the beauty of His holiness.
This takes prayer and practice and we are likely to fall short many times. However, as with anything else, we are called to stand up again and carry on – only now we ask God for His forgiveness and help, and trust that it is granted to us again and again.
As we draw nearer to God we will become more aware of how terrible sin really is. When this happens we may need to remind ourselves that it is because we are nearer to God – and not because we have drifted further away. In that case sin would seem less serious to us.
Would the Lord want it this way?
Lord Jesus help me please to walk in the light of Your life and teaching – and to reflect that light to those around me. Amen.