Read1 John 1
Focus on verse 6-7
Nobody likes a fake. It doesn’t matter what it is, whether it is flowers, or food, or friends. Some fakes are so realistic we are actually deceived into thinking they are the real article. The other day I had to go right up close to some flowers in the church sanctuary – I was certain they were real, but when I got close enough to touch them it was clear that they were not live plants.
In today’s reading the Apostle John is writing to the churches in Asia Minor to encourage and exhort the believers throughout the area. He urges them, and us, to be real in the way we relate to God and to each other.
If we say we have fellowship with him while we 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 his Son cleanses us from all sin. (v. 6-7)
This is the kind of statement that at first seems to be stating the obvious. If we say we have something we do not have – of course we are lying – who does not know this? Yet as we think about it we realize that there have been times when we have done this. We say we have fellowship with God because we want to believe that we do have fellowship with Him, but if we are not practicing the truth, we are not walking in fellowship with God. If we are out of fellowship with God it is difficult to be in fellowship with one another.