Being a Light Wherever you are – 1 John 1

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Have you ever met someone who positively radiates Christ?

I’m currently writing a reference for a young lady just about to graduate from teacher’s college. This young women truly radiated Christ in her interactions with others. She was always a joy to be around.

Writing up the reference letter has really made me stop and think about my interactions with people in my workplace. Do I radiate Christ? Do I shine among my coworkers? Do people see me as different?

I think people see me as ‘nice’ and some may notice that my language is clean or that I don’t go out for drinks with them. But that isn’t the same as someone seeing me in action and wanting what I have – joy, peace, outpouring love for others, etc.

How can I be a light? How do we shine? Paul says in Philippians

Philippians 2:14-15 Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.

We can start by not grumbling or arguing!

I started the #HelloMornings challenge today (1 day late!) and we are studying Abiding Love in John’s letters, today we were in 1 John, and I really loved this whole passage, especially broken out in the Amplified Bible.

John says in 1 John 1 (from the Amplified Bible)

Walking in the Light

5 And this is the message [the message of [promise] which we have heard from Him and now are reporting to you: God is Light, and there is no darkness in Him at all [no, not in any way].

6 [So] if we say we are partakers together and enjoy fellowship with Him when we live and move and are walking about in darkness, we are [both] speaking falsely and do not live and practice the Truth [which the Gospel presents].

7 But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses (removes) us from all sin and guilt [keeps us cleansed from sin in all its forms and manifestations].

8 If we say we have no sin [refusing to admit that we are sinners], we delude and lead ourselves astray, and the Truth [which the Gospel presents] is not in us [does not dwell in our hearts].

9 If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action].

10 If we say (claim) we have not sinned, we contradict His Word and make Him out to be false and a liar, and His Word is not in us [the divine message of the Gospel is not in our hearts].
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So John is saying that we need to walk in the light, and since Jesus is the light, and there is no darkness in Him, if we want to have fellowship with him, we need to:

1. Confess our sins, so we can be cleansed from our unrighteousness
2. PRAY – Fellowship with Him
3. Stay away from darkness, Walk in the Light so we can have true, unbroken fellowship with one another
4. Live and practice The Truth, The Gospel, keep His word in us and in our hearts.

I pray Father, that today I will reflect Jesus in me. That my face will radiate the joy and peace that comes from you. That my heart will not grumble or complain. Help me to know where I am sinning against you so I can confess and you will remove my sin and guilt. Keep me in close fellowship with you throughout my day, steer my path away from darkness so I can stay in your Light. Help me to live and practice you truth day in and day out and to always love your Word.

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2 thoughts on “Being a Light Wherever you are – 1 John 1

  1. Ah to have a heart that doesn’t grumble or complain… It’s so easy to get caught up in the moment and to forget who we are in Christ. He never once complained when He took the whips or the nails. He didn’t flinch or hide. I need to not let “the moment” overshadow His sacrifice. I, too, want to radiate Christ and live with an outpouring of humility and gratitude.

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