This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
We are writing this so that we can be completely filled with joy.
This is the message we heard from Christ and are reporting to you: God is light, and there isn't any darkness in him.
If we say, "We have a relationship with God" and yet live in the dark, we're lying. We aren't being truthful.
But if we live in the light in the same way that God is in the light, we have a relationship with each other. And the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from every sin.
If we say, "We aren't sinful" we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we've done wrong.
If we say, "We have never sinned," we turn God into a liar and his Word is not in us.