Today’s passage is one of those good ones. One that you need to go to your Bible and highlight, dog ear, and keep coming back to over, over, and over again. Read this. And then reread it again. Listen to 1 John 1: 5-10:
5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 7 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. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Ok. So much here. So much good stuff here. It starts off talking about God is light, and in Him, there is no darkness. God is good, He really is. He is a good, loving Father. He loves you. He really does. Never think of God as cruel or unjust. He’s a good God.
And if God is light, and we walk in the light, we will find fellowship with one another. We will find our truest friends, our best relationships, those people that help us truly live; we will find these things through Christian fellowship. That’s one reason why church matters so much. That’s where we find those life changing relationships. Through Him, through the light, we find fellowship.
It comes through the light. And God is light.
Now if we say we do no sin, we deceive ourselves. We all sin. All of us. We all make mistakes. We all fall. We do. Everyone one of us. We all fall down. We all mess up. We all get it wrong.
Every one of us. I do. You do. We each do.
But here’s the key. Here’s your take away from this passage. If we confess our sin, God is faithful and just and will forgive them.
Hear this. You can be forgiven today. You can. You can be forgiven. Really. For real. You don’t have to hold onto it anymore. You can be forgiven.
If we say we do not sin, we are wrong. We are lying. We all sin. And we all can be forgiven. There is no sin too far, too big, or too bad.
Today, we can be forgiven. Never, ever, ever forget that. Through Jesus, we can be forgiven.