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October 16, 2017

Restoring Power When The Light Goes Out

“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:5-9 (NLT) 

We’ve all been there.  A storm hits, and the power goes out.  Everything becomes dark and, unless you are one of the fortunate ones with your own generator, you are stumbling through the darkness to find a flashlight.  But, what happens when the power goes out in your marriage or one of your closest relationships?   The good news is that God can restore the power to turn the lights back on!  The Bible tells us that God’s Word is a lamp for our feet and a light on our path in Psalm 119:105.  If we want to restore the power to turn the lights back on in our relationships, we need the counsel of God’s Word.  The apostle, John, recognized that when he wrote his letter in 1 John 1:5-9 and said,

“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin. If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” 1 John 1:5-9 (NLT)

This passage offers us the key to restore the connection in our closest relationships.  Only God can turn the lights back on when they’ve gone out in those vital relationships.  As with all things good, it begins with God.  God not only lights our way, He is light!  There is no darkness in Him. John tells us what that means for us.

“If we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other….” (Vs. 7)

Fellowship and light go together in this passage. The key to living in fellowship with one another is to live in the light. What does that mean?  Before I can have right relationships with others, I must have a right relationship with God.  Christ came to reconcile us to God.  His death on the cross bridges the gap that separated us from God because of our sin.  When I’m connected to Him, the source of power, He turns on three lights that every relationship needs to restore fellowship and grow strong.

If your most important relationships are in the dark or have been growing dim, let’s flip the switch that turns the lights back on this week as we examine this passage of Scripture together!