“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5)
The Bible tells us a lot about God. He is eternal. He is almighty. He is holy. He is unchangeable. These are all characteristics of his deity, that distinguish God from us mortal humans. But the Bible also teaches us a lot about God’s character. He is good. He is love. He is merciful. He is slow to anger. He is faultless. Another way to express this same truth, is found in today’s text: “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all”. God is so ultimately and completely good, that there is not a tiny bit of evil in Him.
Knowing God’s character is extremely comforting. Consider what life would be like if God was eternal and almighty, but not good! Many idols are like that; they are believed to be powerful but also unpredictable or selfish. That makes people
anxious. But the real God has nothing to do with evil and darkness. He is pure light.
This is good news. But it does bring up a problem, since we humans are not completely good. We do have specks of
darkness in us! And since light can’t have fellowship with darkness (see 2 Corinthians 6:14), God’s light is “unapproachable” for us. So how can we have a relationship with God, if our sinfulness separates us from Him? Do read with us in the days to come to find out…
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