"But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin." 1 John 1:7 NLT
This reference from God's word says that if we will conduct (live) our lives in God's light (the light of His presence), we enjoy being connected with each other, and we enjoy the blessings of Jesus' blood.
While many people enjoy and prefer natural light (reading, walking, or just having it enter their homes), supernatural lighting (God's light) is so much more to be desired.
God has a great life for His people. We are blessed by Him to enjoy life with each other. What? I'm rambling looking for nice orderly thoughts. But here's what I'm trying to say.. If we will allow God's word into our lives and enjoy the community of other believers (Christians, God's family), we truly enjoy the bond we have with others and we enjoy the ongoing benefits of Christ's blood.
I don't know why it is but I've witnessed other people, in the middle of difficulty remove themselves from the Christian community (discontinuing attending church, not being current in reading God's word and struggling to pray) and then experience quite a spiritual downward spiral.
I've seen this in the lives of close friends, family members and yes, even members of my church.
But it doesn't have to be like this. The Bible says that living in God's light (which I understand to be allowing His word into our lives, praying and hanging out with other Christians) is a way in which we enjoy the full benefit of Jesus' blood.
Jesus gave up His life so that we would experience eternal life. Jesus' hearers (and the hearers of the gospel accounts) understood eternity to begin now and continue. It wasn't just something out there in the future or after death that we would experience, rather, eternal life begins now along with the benefits of eternal life.. enjoying the Lord and His people!
You don't have to go into a spiritual slide, dip or tailspin; rather get into the supernatural light of the Lord and begin enjoying the life that He has provided for you (see John 10:10).
Thank you Father for the blessing of Jesus' blood, salvation, calling and a Christian community to enjoy life with.