“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.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. “- 1 John 1:5-10
We don’t like to be called out on things. It’s not in our human nature. I don’t like criticism, I hate messing up, I don’t like my faults and mistakes pointed out. It’s a hard thing for me to take gracefully.
The Bible doesn’t mince words, though. It’s pretty clear.
God is light.
If we walk with God, WE will have light.
If we walk with God and don’t have his light, we are lying to ourselves about our walk with God and our sin.
If we say we are without sin–directly or indirectly–again we are lying.
Many of us might say, “Oh I would never try to claim I am without sin! We all sin!” And this is true for me, too, I would never make such a claim.
But what if we simply avoid it? Deny its presence? What if we don’t spend time searching our hearts or weeding sin out or re-training our habits? Are we not saying the same thing? Are we not lying to ourselves in the same way?
Of course, as always, the Bible doesn’t just point out our sin and leave us there.
John reminds us that the truth is that we do have sin, but the truth is also that if we will confess those sins, God is faithful to forgive them.
But to confess them, we must call ourselves out on them. To be honest with ourselves about our sin, we must walk with God, in the light of His presence, in which there is no darkness or shadow.
May you be filled with the light of Jesus today, as you walk in His presence.