"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." I John 1:7.
How far can you walk? One block, two? One mile, ten? We used to be a nation of people who walked, but now are a nation dependent on the automobile. We used to be a church of people who walked with God, but now what are we?
Can a Christian have a private fellowship with God, to the exclusion of others? Can we ignore other Christians and be real Christians? There are three things that I would like to share about the walk of the Christian life. They are the conditions of fellowship with God and man.
First, we walk in the light. John's letter was written to Christians in a world where there was a real fear of darkness. Evil was associated with it. John tells us that God is more than just light. There is no darkness in Him. If we claim to have fellowship with God who is light, how can we have darkness (evil) in our lives? Some of the deeds we do, some of the things we say, some of our attitudes reflect darkness not light.
Next, we walk with one another. All Christians are to have fellowship with one another. It is theoretically impossible to have fellowship with God and not with man. It is inconceivable that Christians could live in isolation from one another, but this happens all the time in the modern church. When we fail the test of fellowship, we have caused disruption to the well-being of the church.
Lastly, we walk in forgiveness. John tells those early Christians that God is a forgiving God. In order to be forgiven by God, the Christian must confess his sins. Before he can confess them, he must first admit them. To refuse to admit them makes God a liar.