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Scripture

1 John 1:5-6

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.
 

Observation

John’s reason for writing this letter is clear: to bring unbelievers into a relationship with God. However, the way he goes about this is very direct, and somewhat challenges those who consider themselves to be believers. He simply begins his letter by stating who God is, and who we should therefore be in Him.
 

Understanding

I’m going to be really honest with you guys: I read those verses and felt really convicted. Am I living a life worthy of the light? I want to be living in truth and walking in that truth every single day, but John makes me reconsider. I think he makes me reconsider this because he makes the distinction super clear. He reminds us that fellowship with God means turning from the thing that God deems darkness. It means taking up our cross and bearing it daily. It means that despite falling short, we come to Him and ask for forgiveness anyway. All these things considered, his use of language still makes me feel like a phony. I know that I fall short and that I am by no means perfect, which makes looking at these verse so difficult, but here’s what I also realize.

Brokenness is what allows light to flood in.

My brokenness allows for light to flood through my cracks. That despite having these cracks and mistakes God still chooses to partner with me to accomplish His will. My job is not to be perfect, but rather choose to have fellowship and communion with God. John uses this strong wording on purpose. He wants us to realize that despite the brokenness we give to God, He is still light that overpowers darkness. This way, I too, cans shine like the one who sent me.
 

Life Application

How do we have fellowship and communion with God?  It’s easy! Read His word, and talk to Him daily. But I want to take it step further by saying communing with God’s people is also fellowship with the heart of the Father. He doesn’t ask us to keep our light to ourself, but rather share with others so that we can shine even brighter in a dark world around us. That being said watch our livestream on Sundays at 10:17, it is a great way to connect with God’s people while staying safe.

-Allison Khan

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