1 John 1:6-7 (NKJV)
6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice 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 Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
When we don’t want to see stuff, we stay in the dark. Remaining in our junk (sin) allows us to hide. In the darkness we don’t have to deal with the stuff. In the darkness we accept the lies and empower the liar. We may believe the truth but we don’t practice the truth. The greatest deception of the enemy is to keep us from genuine fellowship. Guilt, condemnation, shame, anger, criticism, fear, and blame shifting all reside in the darkness.
Walking in the darkness is walking in religion but not in relationship (fellowship). Walking in the darkness is believing that by keeping the rules and performing we are walking in the light. Walking in the light is walking in freedom because there is real freedom in love. Love dwells in the light. Real love is safe. It is compliant but not complacent. Sacrificial and not selfish. Safe but willing to take a risk.
His blood not only provides forgiveness but cleansing as well. The world around us chooses to live in darkness because light demands truth in the inner parts. Fear is what lives in the darkness and rules the minds of those who chose to live there. Walking in the truth requires dealing with the junk. Being consistent, passionate, honest, transparent and faithful. In reality there is no such thing as darkness, just an absence of light. So in reality we are choosing to walk independent of His presence. Independent instead of interdependant. We are making a choice to believe in Him, but choosing not to walk with Him, or walk in unity with others. When we walk in the light we stuff. When we walk in the light we see Him because He is the light!