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 sin.  (NIV)

The astonishing thing about God is this:  He holds nothing back from us.  If there are things we don’t understand about Him, the darkness is in our own minds.  But He reaches out completely to us in untarnished love, yearning for full fellowship with us.

It’s hard for me to have full fellowship with God if I hold back from Him.  If I keep a secret from Him, there’s still a place where I’m afraid of Him.  If I hide a shame, there’s still a place where I don’t trust Him.  If I disguise a motive, there’s still a place where I don’t value Him.  He holds nothing back from me; He offers Himself fully and freely to me, to walk in loving fellowship with me all the time.  What keeps that from happening are the veils and walls that I put up between us, that mean that much of the time I can’t see where my own feet are landing as I try to walk with Him.  And the veils and walls are so heavy and I’ve put them up so securely that (as He knows only too well) only the blood of His Son Jesus is strong enough to dissolve the fabric and the mortar, to bring down the veils and walls and let me walk in the fellowship of true light with Him.

And the same is true for you and me, brother and sister in Christ, when we walk together with one another.  As long as I hold up a veil between us, we can’t have the fellowship of the true light of God’s love between us.  As long as I hide behind a wall between us, we can’t really walk together, side by side and heart to heart.  We can talk over the fence, I suppose, but each of us in our own separate yards and in our own separate lives going our own separate ways – that isn’t fellowship – that isn’t love – that isn’t the light that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings us.

The blood of Jesus is powerful enough to dissolve the fabric, knock down the walls, tear up the fences, and let us reach across our dividing lines to embrace one another in love, the way He has embraced us.  The blood of Jesus is merciful enough to do all that without harming us in any way.  The blood of Jesus is grace-filled enough to do all that without leaving any speck of the residue of darkness behind.  And the blood of Jesus is wondrous enough to fill you and me with the courage to lay aside the darknesses in our lives and walk in the light of His resurrection glory.

Please, do that with me.  I reach out my hand to you in His love; will you walk with me in His light?

God bless us everyone!

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