1 John 2:1-2
John acknowledges not only humanities greatest need, but he seems to realize just how far from perfection we really are. Sometimes living in the world is like falling off of a boat into deep dark waters. We tread water hoping for help, and in the dark we cannot even see the shore to be sure we are heading the right way. John is showing us the light to the shore of our need.
When we fall into sin, and yes it is more likely when not if, there is a way of hope out of the dark waters that are trying to pull us down. Jesus Christ. The same hope that gives us salvation will help us when we fall. The writer of Hebrews reminds us that in Jesus we have a high priest “who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet he did not sin” (Heb.4:15). This means that Jesus understands our temptations. He will forgive us, and help us to have a fresh start when we do sin.
John is not encouraging us to sin, but he is giving us assurance that there is help when we fall into sins dark pull. In fact John says he is writing, “so that you will not sin”(1Jn.2:1). He is trying to encourage us in the fact that Jesus, the light of the world, is the answer to getting out of the dark water of sin. Like a light shining on the shore we can turn to Christ and know the way out of sin and into life.
I encourage you today to seek Christ in your life. He is willing to forgive our sins and to show us the way into the new life of following Him. If you have been following then you can be assured that Jesus Christ is with you on the journey and He can and will help you through all circumstances. Let His Spirit fill you and guide you in all things so that you can overcome sin and live continually in His light.
Blessings on the journey with Jesus today,