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1 John 1 is a powerful, compact chapter, but its message is life-changing. The chapter clearly contrasts walking in the LIGHT leading to a close relationship with God and other believers (vs.6,7) and walking in DARKNESS resulting in distance from God and the truth.
This passage also clearly tells us what should take place if we become distant from our heavenly father. 1 John 1:8 & 9 says, “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.”
Don’t ignore a quiet time of searching and confession in your personal time with the Lord.
Pray Psalm 51:10 over your lives today, and let the forgiveness and purification process begin.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right[b] spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).
What did I learn from the passage that I didn’t know before?
What did the passage mean to those first century readers?
What does the passage mean to me?
What verse really stuck out to me?
What changes do I need to make in my life?
What verse gives me comfort or wisdom in my trials and difficulties?
What is God’s will for my life?
Is there a verse that I would like to memorize?
1 John 1
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our[a] joy complete.
Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin.
8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
a. 1 John 1:4 Some manuscripts your
b. John 1:7 Or every