Thought for the Day
1 John 1:5-7 (New American Standard Bible)
5This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 7but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
Our heart is exceedingly deceitful. Sometimes we even fool our selves about our spiritual condition. It must have been such an occasion that John was addressing when he wrote the above scripture.
It is very easy for us to assume that our spiritual relationship is in good standing with God because of our heritage or works. We are very adept at rationalizing our circumstances. We often judge ourselves to be much better (or worse) than we are.
“Actions speak louder than words” is a very common phrase. Many of us have experienced those who speak one thing and do another. Is it possible that we are guilty also? It is so easy to get caught up in religious attitudes or systems. People often equate their familiarity with church or good works as being spiritual. They assume themselves to be very acceptable to God; yet, they actually live in darkness (the way of sin). We must remember that God is light. We cannot live in the way of sin and abide in the light of God.
Walk the Talk! We may know the Christian vocabulary and characteristics very well. It may be possible to fool many about our true lifestyle. We never fool God. He knows exactly what we are. If we say “I am a Christian” and do not live a Christian life we are not truthful. In other words we are claiming to be what we are not. We lie. John urges us to live as we talk. Let us declare His glory and live in His light as well.
True fellowship cannot be camouflaged. Those who walk in the Light (God) have fellowship both with God and each other. How often those who desire to fellowship with His people fall away in discouragement and disappointment. They simply cannot draw from the pool of comradely and fellowship that the true believer experiences. Light and darkness has no fellowship with each other. One may have all the right terminology but live in darkness. Such a person can never enjoy the fellowship of the House of Israel. Unless they walk in the light, as He is “light”, they are deceived and live in darkness.
Let us rejoice! The Holy Spirit gives witness to our spirit that we are truly the Sons of God if we walk in the light as He is in the Light.
Prayer: Dear Lord, If I have unrepentant sin in my life forgive me now. Cleanse me and purge me that I might enjoy perfect fellowship with you and your people. Help me to be upright in all things. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen