1 John Devotional – Day One
From the City Church Sermon Series - Love Displayed - Week 3 - Love for All
1 John 1:5-10 (NIV)
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7 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. 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
EXPOSed to Light
After giving testimony on Jesus, the apostle John launches directly into what becomes the setup for this letter. He declares unequivocally that God is light. He leaves no room for doubt in his declaration. John says this to let us know that if we claim to have a relationship with God but yet we are still walking in some shady areas in our lives, we are outright lying about our relationship with God.
In verse seven, John says that if we walk in the light, we will have fellowship with one another. This echoes what Jesus told his disciples:
“By this everyone will know that you are
my disciples, if you love one another.”
The greatest testimony to this world that we are followers of Jesus (walking in the light) is the love (fellowship) that we have for one another. We cannot say we love God and believe in what the Bible says yet not have love for one another. We must even have love for those who do not agree with our political views, our beliefs, and our values.
We are all God’s creation and we are all equally loved by God. Loving God means loving people. In order for us to love God and love people, we must continually confess our sins to God so that we may be exposed to the light and that we may be purified from our unrighteousness. It is a proud person who refuses to confess his mistakes, his sins, his errors, and chooses to live in the darkness. A repentant and humble person will confess to God, and in turn, God is faithful to forgive and to purify our lives.
Father, my desire is to walk in the light. I confess my sins before you and I ask that you would forgive me for my grievances against you and others. Purify my heart and my thoughts, expose any darkness within me to your light so that I may be made right before you. In Jesus name I pray, amen.