1 John 1:5-9
In our B.C. pasts’ Paul tells us that the “God of this world had blinded our minds,” (2 Corinthians 4:4) indicating that apart from His Grace we were utterly helpless to perceive the light. But at the moment of our answer to Christ’s call, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12); the Grace of God “delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.” (Colossians 1:13) Now we are commanded to “cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.” (Romans 13:12) However, 1 John 1:5-9 states that, despite our regeneration, our relationship with God is oftentimes hindered by our fellowship with darkness. And the Bible also teaches, and our experiences affirm, no sin is private, and fellowship with the dark also obstructs our relationship with our families. So what must we do to have light-living families?
In 1 John 1:8, John communicates that it all begins with a healthy understanding of our sin in contrast to His Grace. We must realize that our “heart is deceitful and desperately sick” (Jeremiah 17:9), and that we have fallen short of His glory (Romans 3:23). Gospel 101 right? So it’s not if we will sin, but how we react to that sin, and John continues in 1 John 1:9 that for light-living our reaction must be confession. Confession is the first step towards reconciliation, not only in our relationship with God but also in our relationship with our families. Relationships do not require perfection, but they must possess repentance. Initiating repentance restores trust, and provides an atmosphere of transparency, and transparency is actually intimacy (in-to-me-see). Therefore, let us walk in the light, as He is in the light that we may have fellowship with one another.
Andrew & Annie (serving in North Africa)