Nobody can claim to have fellowship with God yet live in impenitence (sinning against God without admitting it and sorrowing over it).

Scripture: 1 John 1:5-10

ESV Text: 1 John 1:5-10

1 John 1:5-10 (Listen)

Walking in the Light

This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 1

     5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

     8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 404:
Soul, What Return Has God, Thy Savior

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Soul, what return has God, thy Savior, 
For all He gives thee day by day? 
Oh, hast thou in thy gift a favor 
That can delight and please Him?–Say! 
The best of offerings He requires: 
Thy heart it is that He desires. 

2. Give unto God thy heart’s affection, 
Who else can claim thee as His own? 
Should Satan hold thee in subjection? 
With him but pangs of hell are known. 
To Thee alone, O Lord divine, 
My heart and all I now resign. 

3. Accept the gift which Thou requirest, 
My heart and soul, O gracious God, 
The first-fruits Thou so much desirest, 
For which Thy Son paid with His blood. 
To Thee I willingly assign 
My heart, dear Lord, for it is Thine. 

4. Whom should I give my heart’s affection 
But Thee, who gavest Thine to faith? 
Thy fervent love is my protection; 
Lord, Thou hast loved me unto death. 
My heart with Thine shall ever be 
One heart throughout eternity. 


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