“To be trusted is a greater compliment than being loved.” – George MacDonald
Have you noticed that relationships go better if we can be honest about who we are and what we think? The apostle John addresses this issue, but we have to look carefully to see it: “. . . 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.” (1 John 1:7)
Walking in the light means we aren’t hiding anything. We’re cleansed from our sin and, therefore, have nothing to cover up. We can be ourselves. We can be transparent and honest. The hard relationships are those where there are topics we can’t talk about or sins and weaknesses we want to keep secret. So how do we get to the point of having the kind of relationship John describes as fellowship?
Here’s what he says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
If we regret things, past or present, we are acknowledging the truth: We have sinned.
And there a solution to that: Confess and receive God’s forgiveness.
The rest of the verse describes what follows: We are made clean. It’s as if John is telling us to confess the sins we know about and we will be cleansed from the ones we don’t know. God makes us clean, past, present, and future, through the blood of Jesus.
And the result? We walk in the light – meaning we can live easily in transparency and truth.
Only then can we experience true fellowship, deep friendship, committed love. Isn’t that what we all want?
“Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.” – Proverbs 10:9