Our observation of this passage last Sunday evening was both challenging and encouraging to us. These 4 statements help to summarize:
We recognize that John is writing to a group (or groups) of people who are already believers in Jesus but who needed to be challenged to continue to confess sin and seek to live in obedience. What we believe should make a difference in how we live! We noticed that this passage has much to say about choice - choice to live in darkness or live in the light; choice to confess sin or not. We also noticed the attitude of Jesus as we approach him with confession - he is not condemning but rather 'faithful and just' and longing to forgive!