1 John 1:5-10
5 This is the message he has given us to announce to you: God is light and there is no darkness in him at all. 6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness. We are not living in the truth. 7 But if we are living in the light of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin.  8 If we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.
 Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.

The statement that “God is light” means that God is perfectly holy.  In the dark, good and evil look alike; in the light they can be clearly distinguished.  Just as darkness cannot exist in the presence of light, sin cannot exist in the presence of a holy God.  If we want to have fellowship with God, we must put aside our sinful ways.  To claim that we belong to Him and then continue to sin is hypocrisy.  We cannot be a part of the Light and continue to live in sin if we want fellowship with God.  But, all of us sin and will continue to, so to have the presence of God with us, we must be cleansed from our sin.  At conversion all of our sin past, present, and future are forgiven.  Yet even though we are Christians, we still need to confess and turn from our sin, not to gain God’s acceptance but to remove the barrier to fellowship with Him.  To say we have no sin is to call God a lair and then there is no fellowship with Him.  And without fellowship with God, we have no relationship with Him.  And without a relationship with God, there is no growth, there is no sanctification.  We will stay who we are and not become more like Christ.  We can still be saved, but without the growth and fellowship, we will continue in our sin and grow further away from God.  Confess your sins and grow in your fellowship with God your Father through the work Christ Jesus did for you.

Have a God Day!