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“ but 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.” John 1:7
God created us to be in fellowship with Him and it pleases Him
when we are, but we cannot walk with Him if we live sinful lifestyles.
Verse 6 says, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk
in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth;” John must have
known some pretenders-people who walk in darkness all week, yet act like
their lives are all together on Sunday. There’s something very right about
coming to Church on Sunday, even if you haven’t lived an exemplary life
during the week, but only if you are honest about it. The church is a place
where people find healing and forgiveness, but they cannot if they don’t
admit their sinfulness. John writes, “If we say that we have no sin, we
are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (John 1:8)
Being real is essential for healing. We must be real about our
sinfulness and ourselves. The only way we will ever get help for our sin
is to admit we have it, but knowing we have a problem isn’t enough; we
must be motivated to make the necessary changes in our behavior. The bible
says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive
us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (John 1:9)
Someone with a dark heart can walk in the light with Jesus if
she continually confesses her sins to God. The confession here is not a
one-time event, but a lifestyle. We confess and continue to confess our
sins to God and He forgives us and cleanses us.
God is pleased with us when we worship Him together at our weekly
gatherings and He is pleased with us when we walk beside Him throughout
our week. Neither is possible unless we confess our sins and are willing
to receive the forgiveness and cleansing He offers.
sermon that corresponds to this devotional.