(Sketch idea from friend Laurie May)
5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce 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 and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 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.
This passage helps me understand why in some situations, such as in some family settings, it is difficult to have meaningful fellowship.
We know that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness. According to this passage, some may claim to have fellowship with God, while they are walking in darkness. This claim cannot be true. One who is walking in the Light (God), can have fellowship with another who is walking in the Light. But having fellowship with someone who is walking in darkness? That is not promised in this passage.
Does this imply that one who is “walking in the Light” is without sin or blameless? Certainly not, as the Bible also teaches there is only One who was without sin, and that was Christ himself. But it does imply that it is possible to “walk in God,” through the cleansing (from sin) that takes place upon acceptance of Christ as Savior. And when we do walk in God, we can expect to have fellowship with others who are walking in the Light. Note: It is not possible to walk in darkness and in light at the same time.
This “blessing” (of being able to have fellowship with others who are walking with Christ) is available to anyone who is willing to come out of darkness and into the Light--for one who has come to God in repentance and acceptance of Jesus as Savior.
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Artwork is watercolor on gessoed page in my altered Purpose Driven Life book..
(Linking to Artistic Stamper challenge, Alter Something.)