February: WALKING WITH GOD… to live a pure life

Our Bible verse for this month is a very familiar one that perhaps you have already memorized; if not this is the perfect time for you to do so. It simply says, “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”  (1 John 1:7).
 
The book of 1 John teaches us about “fellowship”. Our fellowship is with God and fellow believers (v.3) who are walking in the light. This concept of walking in fellowship with our God might seem a bit mystical at first but the mature Christian knows the reality of it. We can walk with our God daily even though He is invisible to the human eye. His presence in our lives accomplishes many things but this passage highlights the benefits of walking in the light and the daily cleansing that comes from it.
 
Another of the themes of 1 John is the contrast between light and darkness. In verse four through six, John reveals to us, “…that God is light…” (v.5). Our Saviour declared himself to be “…the light of the world…” (John 8:12). He goes on in the same verse to declare, “…he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness …” John pick up the same theme in this, his first epistle, for he declares that in God there “…is no darkness at all” (v.5) Walking with God brings a man out of darkness into light. The Scriptures describe the Lord saving us as, “Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:”  (Colossians 1:13). When God saves us we are called out of darkness into the His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
 
There is a second contrast implied in this passage which is fellowship versus “sonship”. Your “sonship” has to do with your eternal salvation, when your trust the Lord Jesus as your Saviour you become a part of God’s family (John 1:12). This is eternal and unchanging. On the other hand, fellowship has to do with your daily walk. If there is sin in your life you are “walking in darkness”  (v.6) and not walking with God even if you say you are. Fellowship has to do with the way in which you choose to live and it is ever changing.

 

Our memory verse reminds us of the need to walk in the light. Men as a rule do not like the light because it highlights their sins (cp. John 3:19). This is the reason that more crimes are committed after dark rather than in the daytime. Light helps us to see clearly, including seeing our own lives. If you are walking in the light with the Lord the minute you sin you see it. It is often uncomfortable to do wrong in front of others, but especially so with the Lord. Walking with the Lord not only helps us to identify our sins but it also prompts us to seek cleansing (1:9). If you want to live a holier life this year, stay close to the Lord by your Bible reading, prayer, and honest confession of sin. The closer you walk with the Lord the more conscious you become of sin in your life (cp. Luke 5:8). God’s cleansing is available if you are walking in the light as He is in the light. Are you walking in the light?