1 John 1:1-7
When we first moved into our current house, our kids were little. So, you can imagine what cleaning was like. When we would have people over, I’d spend hours cleaning – dusting, floors, etc. My house would look great – well.. the first floor would with the exception for the office. The unfinished office became a place to stick things. If we didn’t know what to do with an item – large or small, we would just stick it in the office and close the door. LOL! We once had friends over, and my husband forgot “the rule” – keep the office door closed at all times. We were outside on the deck with our friends. I went in the house to get something and I was aghast that my husband had left the office door was wide open revealing the disheveled chaos within. How long had that door been open? I was horrified to have friends see that actually my house wasn’t in order after all.
I love hearing and studying God’s Word that gives me strength and encouragement. Being reminded of God’s love for me is so important. I’ll confess though, sometimes I struggle with the parts of scripture that challenge me by showing me where I fall short in my walk with God. It can be an uncomfortable feeling when we get into the word and feel the Holy Spirit convict us in a certain way. When we walk in God’s light, it isn’t just about God guiding us, it is also about allowing God to show us what areas in our life can we do better or work removing any sinful attitudes or actions. This can be tough to face personally. I’m with you on this! It is like confronting that messy office we had with things shoved in it that we either didn’t know what to do with. When we walk in the light of God, He opens the door of our hearts – but not to point and judge. But He says, “I love you even when your life is messy and chaotic. Let me show you doesn’t need to be here. Let me help you remove those items.”
John, like other disciples and apostles during the early church days, worked hard to correct false teachings that would often infiltrate the church. 1 John 1:5-7 addresses this plainly:
“5 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. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 cleanses us from all sin.”
Sin and God cannot exist in the same place. That is why God wants to help us with our own sinful attitudes and actions. He loves us and He wants this close, intimate relationship with us. It is why He sent Jesus. We should never be embarrassed or try to hide where we struggle with sin, but always give it to God. Daily, too! I know I need to. That is walking in light. We identify where we struggle with sin, confess, accept our forgiveness, and trust in God’s love, mercy, and grace. When we do that, we remove that obstacle that keeps us from drawing close to God. It actually is a freeing feeling!
Reflect: What areas of your heart can you open the door so God can help you draw closer to Him? What “items” are there that can be cleared away that might affect your attitude and actions in a negative and sinful way? Pray and ask God to help you walk in His light, confident in His love and grace!