Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny

Now this is the gospel message we have heard from him and announce to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him and yet keep on walking in the darkness, we are lying and not practicing the truth. But if we walk in the light as he himself 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 do not bear the guilt of sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. But if we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous, forgiving us our sins and cleansing 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

When all around is dark, the one thing we want most is a light. When man is at the bottom of the blackest pit, God’s light can shine forth and dispel the darkness. All one needs to do is obey the gospel message.

There is no way that light and dark can exist side by side. They are not compatible. We cannot say that we have a relationship with God and continue to practice sin. We are lying to ourselves.

When we fall into sin, confession of such is necessary to receive the forgiveness that only God provides through the blood of Jesus. Let us never say that we have not sinned. For if we do, we make God a liar. That is not an act of which we want to be guilty.

#risingjoy #1-John #light