Conversations in the Gospel of John :: Walking in the Light

100_0408John 8:12 starts with Jesus speaking to the Pharisees saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Now, take a short trip away from John 8 with me and flip to the back of the Bible and read 1 John 1:5-10. Take some time to let the words of this passage soak into your mind and heart.

Notice that Jesus says, “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” He goes on to say that if we walk in the light, as he is in the light we have fellowship him, the one who cleanses us with his blood. But, “If we say we have fellowship with him when we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.”

As I read this two passages the concept of walking grabbed my attention. When we walk, we typically move toward some sort of destination. Along the way, the choices we make affect how we walk and where we end up.

How would you describe your walk right now – today? What direction are you headed? Is the path filled with light, or have you drifted into the darkness? When I am in darkness, I don’t feel like I am actually moving, and in fact, I feel anxious, weary and weak. When I drift toward darkness instead of moving toward God, I feel hopeless.

These passages remind us that there is hope. When we walk with him – the source of light – we enjoy his presence and his fellowship. Beloved ones of God, you can choose to walk in the light, and if you’re too weary to make that choice on your own, ask him to help you.

My advice, don’t walk. Run. Run to Jesus. 

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9


Ashley came to know Christ in college at Florida State University. She moved to North Carolina right after college. While not understanding God’s plan for moving away, she has learned that Jesus is on a mission to bring her closer to himself and teach her what it means to follow him, no matter where that may be. She currently works with children with autism doing in-home therapy. 

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