1 John 1:3-10
“We declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
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.” NRSV
As stated in yesterday’s Thought for the Day, the season of Lent is a season of introspection and repentance. Repentance is all about truth-telling. The author of 1 John makes that pretty clear in this reading. When we walk in God’s light, our sin is exposed. Once our sin is exposed we are led to confess our sins and seek the forgiveness of God. Forgiveness is granted for the repentant.
To walk in darkness is to deny our sins. It is an act of self-decepti0n, convincing ourselves that since these is no light, there is no sin. What this person apparently doesn’t get is that “God is light.” God cannot dwell in darkness. The only one who cannot see this person’s sin is this person. Darkness is in this person’s eyes, not God’s and no one else’s.
The Lenten journey is a journey into God’s light. It ends at the foot of cross with confession and forgiveness for all choose to make the journey.
Be a blessing to someone today!