This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him, there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
1 John is centred around the idea of having fellowship with God, through His son Jesus. Even that is and was a simply radical idea. That the creator of all the universe, of stars, planets, every living organism on this planet, the orchestrator of life itself wants fellowship, relationship with me, a measly human, a sinner, should blow our mind. God is described here as the light – perfect, and without sin. We too need to walk in the light to have fellowship with him, and with one another of the faith. Living out the truth does not mean being without sin (which is impossible for us), but acknowledging a need for a saviour because of our sin and being open to transformation by his power.
In addition to the moment of our salvation, there is a constant need to surrender our hearts and minds to that of Christ Jesus, for the purification of our souls. As I pursue the light, pursue righteousness, I still inevitably stumble and sin. If we desire to be more like Jesus, this constant repentance and returning to God means that God can shine a light on any part of our lives for correction and conviction. Am I living a wide-open life for God to have authority over? If not, I am actually missing out on the fellowship of God, the walking in-step with my saviour for the sanctification of my soul this side of heaven.
Who am I that you would want a relationship with me God? Yet, by your loving mercy I have this opportunity to know my creator. Lord, you have permission to take my life and transform it by your power, that I may walk in the light with you. Convict me, mould me, shape me, that my life would reflect Jesus.