This week, we will read about God’s love expressed in forgiveness.
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7)
Pastor John’ Notes:
We often think that we must deal with our sin before we come to Christ. We want to make ourselves presentable so that we don’t feel so utterly sinful. But this is a distorted way of thinking that is rooted in pride. If we were able to deal with our sin by ourselves, there would be no need for the cross of Jesus Christ.
Instead, we must first begin to walk in the light. John is using the image of light to mean that all things must first be exposed. We must admit the truth of who we are both to God and to ourselves. This admission enables God to begin his work to cleanse us of our sin. Secondly, John uses the image of walking to mean that we must start by taking steps. We cannot merely sit in the darkness; we must step out into the light and into full exposure.
God will not be shocked by what he sees. Instead, he is waiting for us to come out into the light so that he can wash away our sin. In fact, God has already taken the first step in this process. The blood of Jesus Christ has already been shed for us, but we must desire to be cleansed of our sin.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your readiness to forgive all those who turn to you. I have been sitting in the darkness far too long. As I now step into the light, begin your good work to cleanse me of my sin.