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. 1 John1:6-7 ESV
When John speaks of walking in darkness, he is speaking of walking in sin. Sin is darkness. John is telling his readers in these verses that saying we're living God's way and yet still sinning we are lying.
If we are walking in God's ways we cannot continue to live as we did before. So, to say we are in fellowship with God and continue to live as we did before we are lying. We are lying to ourselves and to God.
But, if we walk in the light of God's word we are in fellowship with God. In other words we are of the same mind set. We are following His ways. So as long as we continue in fellowship with God our sins are forgiven in Jesus. But, if we turn our backs on His ways and we wander back into the darkness of sin we are no longer protected by the blood of Jesus. We bear our sins.
As the Psalmist said; “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Ps. 119:105 ESV
God's word is our guide in this life to keep our feet on the path of righteousness, we must walk in the light. Did you notice the psalmist used the word path, the right way is narrow like a path and not wide like a highway. Darkness (sin) is on either side of the path, we must keep on the path.
So today, let's not lie to ourselves by living one way and saying we're doing something else. Let's walk in the light of His word and have fellowship with God in Christ.
© 2012 Leo J. Woodman