After he warns the Christians who receive his letter of the dangers of walking in darkness, John the apostle encourages the believers to walk in the light, just as God is in the light. This sharp contrast delivers a powerful message by showing us the difference between walking in darkness and walking in light.
While warning us to avoid darkness, John the apostle warned us that, if we claim to be in the light and are not living it, we are liars. Not only are we liars, but we do not truly have fellowship with God.
The promise of fellowship with others who walk in the light stands in sharp contrast to the consequence of walking in darkness, which keeps us from having fellowship with God. When we walk in the light, we gain so much more. Not only is it understood that we have fellowship with God if we walk in the light, but we also gain the fellowship of others who are walking in the light.
In addition, the promise of the forgiveness of sins stands in sharp contrast to the condemnation that comes from being a liar. If we claim to be followers of Christ, but don't live the lifestyle, we have become liars. However, those who do live the lifestyle are forgiven, not only of the sin of lying, but also from all other sin. We must strive to walk daily in a personal relationship with Christ Jesus. Are you?