“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.”
– 1 John 1:5-6
God is light, not sunlight, not moonlight and not electric light but the very source through which all lights are sourced from. God is light in the sense that in Him, we do not stumble to a point of irreversible conditions but rather He shines in our path as light, leading us in the path of truth and righteousness, preventing us from walking into death even when we walk in the valleys of shadows of darkness. Each step we take into areas of darkness, light floods through, giving us a better perspective! There could be darkness elsewhere, there could be an atom of darkness where there is electric light or sunlight but where God is, there is no darkness! Get this:
1. If God is in us, His light is in us.
2. Darkness is not synonymous to the character of God.
3. Walking in darkness is a clear indication that we are out of fellowship.
Light and darkness here are just metaphors to represent something. To walk in darkness means to walk in ignorance and without the knowledge of God. It means to act without the consciousness of God. As believers, Jesus called us the light of the world because we already have God’s spirit in us but the truth is, we must allow that light in us shine through! How can we talk about the difference that Jesus makes when we live immoral and wicked lives? How can we talk about that difference when we live in hatred and lack of concern to the vulnerable people? How can we talk about the difference that Jesus makes when we take delight in slandering others because we don’t like them?
POINT TO NOTE
To walk in the light is to walk in love, the kind of love that Jesus had for us that He gave himself for us. To walk in darkness is to walk in ignorance of God and in the fruits of that ignorance which includes hatred, sexual immorality, unforgiveness, cheating, lying and so on. As people of God, we can be strengthened here on earth to manifest the beautiful fruits of the Spirit which is in us already even as we are constantly given to God’s word.
I am in fellowship with God and I have the fruits of the Spirit readily available in me. Therefore I will consciously walk in the light so that people can look at me and see the beauty of Jesus.
Thank you, Lord, for saving me out of your darkness into your marvellous light.
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