1 John 1; 2 Chronicles 34; Psalm 89:19-37
When we make a commitment to follow Jesus we need to be sure exactly what that means. For some, it appears that their commitment lasts all the way up the aisle to talk to the preacher. Others practice their religion every Sunday. Following Jesus, though, is a commitment that should affect every part of our lives. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (I John 1:6-7) Does your relationship with God make a difference in how you deal with your family? It should. It should increase your love and care for them. Sometimes we have to love even more when they ridicule us for our faith. Does your relationship with God affect your dealings with friends? Does it affect what you do when no one else is around? Does it affect how you post on Facebook? What about when you deal with people who can’t do anything for you? If you are the perfect Sunday Christian, but your life the rest of the week shows bitterness, anger, ugliness, or other qualities that are not godly, do we really have fellowship with God? John would say, “No.” John would also say that there is hope because there is forgiveness for sin through the blood of Jesus Christ. As the old song reminds us, “The blood that gives me strength from day to day, it will never lose its power.” There is power in the blood of Jesus to bring forgiveness. There is power in the blood that gives us the strength to live each day for Him and to walk in the light just as Jesus walked in the light. There is power in the blood that changes us and molds us to be the people of the light who being that light to a world of darkness. None of us is perfect. If we look at the list provided earlier of ways we might walk in darkness, we will all find ways in which we fail. In the midst of our failures, though, the blood of Jesus Christ brings forgiveness and strength to overcome and to walk in the light. Depend on Him to help you walk in the light today.
Dear Lord, You showed us the light when You walked in the light here on earth. Your light overcame the darkness. As I seek to follow You, I realize that there are times when I am not walking in the light. Cleanse me with Your blood and give me the strength to walk in the light each and every day.