“God is light; in Him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by 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, His son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:5-9)
God is light and when we walk in His light we walk in fellowship with Him and with other believers. When we step out of God’s light we step into darkness. It is dangerous to live in darkness, because we will not know where we are going and our fellowship with our heavenly Father and with other believers will be broken.
The darkest place of all is just outside of God’s light. This is why Christians who have gone back from standing in the light seem to be in greater darkness even than the unbeliever who has never yet known the light of Christ.
Broken fellowship with the Father, however, can be restored though Jesus Christ who is our advocate with the Father. Our advocate, or lawyer, will take up our case the moment we ask for forgiveness. He will go to the Father’s presence and plead our case and restore our fellowship with God the Father. We can only be rid of our sins by confessing them with our mouths and turning from them. If we do this, God has promised forgiveness that he is so complete that He forgets we even sinned in the first place.
“To Him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before His glorious presence without fault and with great joy-to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and for evermore! Amen.” (Jude 24,25)
Christ died for our sins and took them all into Himself, but we need to avail ourselves of this work by verbally releasing them to God, i.e. confessing them.
THE BLOOD OF JESUS
There could be no forgiveness without the shedding of blood. Since the law of God insists that the penalty for your sin is death, Jesus, the only sinless man, had to suffer to save you from your sin and bring you back to God. It is only through the blood of Jesus that you are cleansed from your sin. We are justified by Christ’s blood. This is God’s side of the work of redemption. We have been declared bankrupt in the matter of righteousness, but Jesus came and paid our debts on the cross. All His righteousness was paid into our account. The cross is the supreme act of God’s love.
Love always forgives. Jesus showed this, even on the cross. Where would we be without a forgiving God? A forgiving spirit is what you must have in your heart, even before the other person says they are sorry. Jesus taught if you don’t forgive your brother you will not be forgiven by your Father in heaven (Matthew 6:5-15). “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32.
Always be the one to forgive even when the other person is mostly or all at fault. You are responsible before God for restoring broken relationships, no matter who is at fault or how many times others have wronged you (Luke 17:3,4).
“Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37) If we will not forgive, then God cannot forgive us. Only forgiveness will clear the channel for faith to operate in our hearts. Forgiveness is an essential prerequisite before we are able to approach God in prayer.