Jesus referred to Himself as the “light of the world” (John 8:12), but many refused to walk in the light Jesus brought because it exposed where they were in their sin. Many feared coming to the “light [that] has come into the world, [because] people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works [are] evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed” (3:19-20). There is even a psychological or mental gravitation to darkness because people think it will hide what they are doing. From David’s experience with God, he said of God, “even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You” (Psalm 139:12).
How does God want us to act in response to the light? Jesus gives us the answer John 3 right after the verses quoted above; “But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God” (3:21). John takes this idea of coming to the light a step further; “If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7).
When we understand that God’s light in Jesus does more than expose our condition, but also shows how to be cleansed and freed from sin, we begin to enjoy a fellowship (close association and mutual relationship). The more we understand God’s purpose in this, the more we will want His light to govern and control all we think, say and do.
HOW IS YOUR FELLOWSHIP?
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