Loving As Proof of the Light
1 John 1:5-10
Verse 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.
Yesterday we talked about how important surrender to Christ, and thereby forsaking our sins, is to our being a light in our world. Today we will see one of the ways that light can brighten our community.
We often find it easy to think that claiming Jesus is a once for all decision but the truth is that it is a moment by moment decision to surrender to His will instead of our own. One way that we must do this is in the way that we are in fellowship with each other.
John recorded Jesus saying, “they will know you are my followers by your love for one another. (John 13:25)” Now in his letter, John again brings up the topic of how it is loving each other in the Body of Christ that proves we are in the Light. That may be a hard pill to swallow if we are honest with ourselves. Which of us hasn’t taken issue with a fellow Christian and not done the hard work of fixing the relationship?
There are things that come up in any family and our Church family is no different, the key is how we deal with it. It is easy to let the hurt fester in our heart and cause us to start avoiding the offender, but that isn’t what we are called to do in the Church. To live in the light we have to love, not just those we want to love but those that are difficult for us to love. This is when the light of Christ is shining through us.
The Bible says that God loved us and chose us while we were sinners. That means that He loved us when we were the enemy. If God can love us through the darkness of our sin then we must imitate Him and love those fellow believers that make our blood pressure rise. This has to be a choice on our part. We are human and have varying personalities and so it is easy to push each other’s buttons. But we are called to make sure the Church is living unified in Christ and that means intentionally loving those we are in ministry with. Since unity in love is something that they world can’t truly know without Jesus, it is important for them to see it being lived out by those who claim to be His.
Making It Personal
Who is someone in the church that you struggle to love? Why do you struggle to love them? What does that struggle say about you and your relationship with the Lord?
Making It Personal Kids
Why do we have to love other Christians? Do you love other Christians? Do you treat them lovingly?
Father, thank You for the reminder that to imitate You takes loving those in the family of faith so that the world may see us as Your people. Convict us each time we are unloving to the Church family. In Jesus’ name, amen.