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Enjoy this reading by Daniel Lovett of the apostle John’s first letter from the WEB translation with electric guitar instrumentals in the background.
Follow along here: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+1
“That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we saw, and our hands touched, concerning the Word of life 2 (and the life was revealed, and we have seen, and testify, and declare to you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and was revealed to us); 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us. Yes, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 And we write these things to you, that our joy may be fulfilled.
5 This is the message which we have heard from him and announce to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him and walk in the darkness, we lie, and don’t tell the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we haven’t sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (from Chapter 1)
The words that really stands out in Chapter One is the word “Fellowship”. We have fellowship with God and each other when we walk in the light.
Okay, so how do we do that?
I am reminded of something John wrote in his Gospel:
“This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the light, and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.” John 3:19-21 WEB
Confessing our sins (1 John 1:9) seems to be coming into play here. Just come clean. Decide that the Light is where you want to Abide. After all, Jesus is the Light and He says, “Abide in Me”.
“Jesus, we confess our sins and struggles to you! Thank you that you are faithful to forgive us and cleanse us! We ask for a pure heart once again that we may abide in you and in true fellowship with you.”