Daily Devotion – April 5, 2018

1 John 1:5-10 New International Version (NIV)

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[a] 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.



Devotion by Laurie Spencer

The text says “God is light, in him there is no darkness.”  This is the lesson of my childhood in the Christian Science church.   I heard a lot of phrases like, “God is Love” and, “You are a perfect reflection of God’s love” and, “You are God’s perfect child, nothing can harm you.”  And so, when my brothers and I became ill, that illness really was no part of us, because how could we, a reflection of God, be anything less than perfect love?

That might seem harsh, and it wasn’t an easy philosophy to understand.  We all weathered illnesses, from typical childhood sniffles, to the brain tumor my brother survived when he was four.  Somehow through God’s great love, we are all still here today, loving one another, and loving God overall.

So as I read the text, I enjoy meditating on walking in God’s light. The passages about sin I interpret not as my wrong DOING, but rather my wrong THINKING.  My thoughts that stray from the knowledge that God is my savior, my healer, the PERFECT light that leads each step of my journey; it is these negative thoughts, doubts and fears that I reject.  I stand in the light of God’s awesome healing power.  And so do you.



Father, Mother God, loving me, my thoughts are intertwined with your perfect love.  We walk as one.  Glory to you, oh God!  Amen.


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