1 John 1:7 NIV
But 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, purifies us from all sin.
I remember as a little girl in Sunday school singing “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine”. As children full of joy and wonder, it feels easy to shine our lights. We love our parents and family so much. It almost seems like second nature to love Jesus just as intensely.
As we get older, we crave belonging and connection early, starting at school, then work and even church. I remember my parents being intentional in making connections at church after and before service. Of course, it felt super awkward; like trial and error some were instantaneous, others required true vulnerability and the power of prayer.
As I reflect on this scripture, I am comforted by knowing that one thing always remains: we are all sons and daughters of God and no matter where we come from or where our paths are going, we all share a passion in getting close to Jesus’s heart, often seeking forgiveness for our sins in hopes of a chance at daily redemption. Even if this was the 100,000th time in our life.
That’s the beauty of this verse. It’s short, sweet and to the point:
1. Walk in the light = Obey the word and let your God given light shine. When we walk in the light, we maintain a God connection. But when we choose to step away from it, our fellowship with God will be interrupted.
2. Have fellowship = Make friends with people that know the word of God which in turn can uplift and support you in good and bad times.
3. Blood of Jesus purifies us = Sin is the cause of a broken relationship with God. We pray for forgiveness with true repentance, and we are purified.
Prayer: Jesus, I praise you because you loved me first. Please forgive me of my sins and thank you that with your blood you cleanse me every day. It is your grace and mercy that allows me to walk in your heavenly light. Therefore, help me be a beacon of your light, love and understanding. Help me be a better brother/sister in Christ for my family, neighbors, friends, church congregation and anyone that you send across my path. Grant me the discernment to hear your voice and be guided by your love and light in obedience to your perfect will. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.