1 John 1:6 – If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
According to this week’s verse, the words that come out of your mouth, should line up with the way you are living and say the same thing. In order for you to be in fellowship with God, there can be no hiding of your sin. Light and darkness cannot exist in your life at the same time, any more than they can exist together in the room that you are in right now. John speaks of a walk in darkness, indicating a pattern of living. This does not speak of an occasional lapse in judgement, but rather, of a lifestyle of living in darkness. If you are walking in disobedience to the Word of God, then you are not in fellowship with God. Anyone who says they have fellowship with God and habitually walks in darkness, is not saved at all. The issue here is fellowship, not salvation. The Christian who temporarily walks in darkness is still saved, but not in fellowship with God. Therefore, you must live in such a way, that what you proclaim to be as a believer is made evident by the way you behave.
All Christians deal with their sinful nature and struggle with their fleshly desires from time to time. That will be true until the day the Lord brings us home to heaven. This verse deals with the individual who is deceived and living the lie that they are walking with the Lord. They are willingly sinning and ignoring the conviction of the Holy Spirit upon their hearts. They are more concerned with their own wants and desires, that they disregard the Lord’s plan for their lives. This week’s challenge is to compare your biblical convictions with your practical actions. Do the words that come out of your mouth and the thoughts that enter into your mind, bring joy to the Lord? Have the friendships that you possess and the relationships that you have brought honor to God? Would Jesus be welcome at the parties you go to or places that you hang out in? Are you working on leaving a spiritual legacy for your children to follow after? Make a point to work on those areas of your life that need to be brought into the healing light of the Lord Jesus. Practice living the truth this week. God bless you.