This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. If we, “We have fellowship with him”, and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth. If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say, “We have no sin”, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say, “We have not sinned”, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:5-10
What is John telling us here? He is telling us here that if we are truly followers of God, then we will avoid at all costs those things that are contrary to God’s word and God’s will. That is what John means when uses words like “light” and “darkness”. Because “light” represents good or more importantly God’s will. This is because light exposes things that are hidden, thus allowing you to find your way through the shining light of God. “Darkness” represents evil or more importantly the lies and false beliefs that the devil is trying to get you to believe. This is because darkness is the absence of light. Which means you cannot see the traps and the snares that the devil has laid out to trap or ensnare you, because there is no light to expose them. And it only through the light that God provides for your life that you can see and avoid the traps and snares the devil has laid for you. And how do you get God’s light to shine in your life? You confess your sins, acknowledge the penalty for your sins is death, recognize and acknowledge that Jesus took the penalty for your sins, and finally confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. And you do all of that by praying this simple prayer:
Dear God, I know that my sin has separated me from you. Thank you that Jesus Christ died in my place. I ask Jesus to forgive my sin and to come into my life. Please begin to direct my life. Thank you for giving me eternal life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.