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 yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by 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. 1 John 1:5-7 (NIV)
Walk In The Light
You live in a dark world. What do you mean by that? This world is not how I designed it. This world has been corrupted by sin. There is nothing that you hear or see that has not been damaged by sin that is in the world. Like what? You tell me. What darkness do you see in the world? I see that lust and greed drive the desires of our society. Contentment with what one has is in very short supply. Thankfulness is very scarce. Life is a continual treadmill race to acquire what one doesn’t have or take what isn’t yours. It’s a “me first” world. What is true and honest, right and fair gets little play. Spinning the truth and calling others liars trumps everything else. The real truth really doesn’t matter. Winning at all costs has become the goal. Integrity is bought and sold to the highest bidder. Crushing someone else with a different perspective has become a blood sport. Asking forgiveness and turning away from evil is being replaced with the thought that one might try to “do better” next time. The next time of “doing better” never comes. Instead evil is heaped upon evil. Moral failure is held up and admired and bragged about. Even many of your followers have become indistinguishable from those who savor and breathe in this foul odor of moral corruption. Your followers dare stand on a dung heap of immoral justification for their ungodly behavior. Good is now called evil. Evil is now called good. Is this what you had in mind when you said it was a dark world that I live in? You do see what I mean. It is worse than you describe. It is more alluring and dangerous. It is deceptive beyond your imagination. What hope do I have at standing against the evil in the world? How can I possibly resist its powerful influence over me?
There is only one way for you to walk in the light. There is only one way for you to be able to stand against evil. There is only one way to resist the evil influence and allure of the world. How is that? I am the way. I am the light. Follow me. I will lead you through the darkness of this world. I will make you able to shine as a bright light for me. Will you live and walk in the light with me? Yes Lord, I will follow you.
Lord, you pulled me out of darkness. You led me into the light so that I could receive your forgiveness and cleansing from all my sin. Help me now to live and walk in the light. Help me to live in close fellowship with you as I follow you though life. Amen
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