1 John 1:6, 2:1
6 If we say, “We have a relationship with God” and yet live in the dark, we’re lying. We aren’t being truthful.
1 My dear children, I’m writing this to you so that you will not sin.
One of the struggles believers may face is overcoming sin in their lives. I have heard many different teachings on how one gets free from sin, but one of the most powerful truths in overcoming sin is found here in the book of 1 John. The first chapter tells us that the disciples had seen Jesus for themselves and had developed an intimate relationship with Him and with the Father also. John goes on to tell us that there is no darkness in God for He is light.
In verse 6 he tells us that if we say we have relationship with Him, which this word is also translated fellowship and it refers to an intimate relationship with God, and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and not speaking the truth. You see if we have an intimate relationship with Him, He will rub off on you, and He is light and there is no darkness in Him. It is the same in any relationship where someone spends a lot of time with another person and as they do, they are going to have an influence on you.
So it is with God. This is why in chapter 2 verse 1 he tells us that he wrote this to us so we would not sin. The most important key to getting free from sin is to get close to God. If you do you will come under His light, and that light will influence how you live, causing darkness to go from you. So if you want to be free from sin and remain free, stay close to God. As you do, God and His very nature will rub off on you.