Living in the Light

In 1 John 1:5-8,  John writes:

This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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 cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

In these verses, we are called not to hide our sin in the darkness, but rather to bring our sin into the light. All through scripture, God is described as light and, by contrast, the enemy as darkness. Bringing our sin out of the darkness and into the light takes control away from the enemy and gives it to God. Confessing our sins to brothers or sisters in Christ is the best way to bring our sin into the light and out of the darkness. The enemy makes this very difficult. Our fear of shame, or judgment, or rejection is a powerful tool that the enemy uses to fester and grow our sin. By overcoming this fear and being vulnerable with other Christian believers, we take away the enemy’s stronghold and allow Jesus through the Spirit to work in us. How many times have you listened to someone’s testimony and felt the power of God pouring forth? God’s love and deliverance are potent forces that suppress the enemy’s schemes and let us be light in a dark world. If we live in the light, allowing ourselves to be vulnerable with Christian brothers and sisters, bringing our sins out of the darkness and into the light, we unleash all of God’s power on our enemy.
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