For my devotion this morning, I wanted to read a book I haven’t read in a long time or a book that I haven’t read at all.
So, the letter, 1 John came to my mind. I thought it’s been a while since I read. So let me read.!
As I read I stumbled on this beautiful verse, which I’ll be meditating on this morning.
1 John 1:6 “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.” (NIV)
The Author, John the Apostle who also wrote the Gospel according to John, writes an important truth here.
This verse is preceded with the verse, (v. 5) “God is light; in him there is no darkness at all” and then followed by this verse, “If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth”
An important question to ask ourselves, What is the identity of our Christian Life ?. Are people able to see Christ in us ?
The Message version of the Bible says, (v. 5) “If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim.”
The testimony of our Christian life is important. If we don’t live what we speak then we are lying and lying is the identity of Satan. John 8:44b says, “When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” (NIV)
So, here’s where we stand. If we live what we claim in our Christian life, then we have fellowship with him. But if we don’t, We lie and we have fellowship with the father of lies – Satan.
To put this in a practical sense, It’s a challenge to live a Christian life. We can fail and we can fall. In our failures, we have to be ready to ask God for forgiveness. Verse 9, it says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (NIV)
Let’s check ourselves whether we live according to what we claim, if not, let’s ask for forgiveness and ask God to help in areas where we fall short.
“For God is ready to forgive us and to cleanse us of our unrighteousness.”
Father, we ask your forgiveness in the areas of life where we fall short. Help us to live according to what we claim to be. Give us your strength so that we may live life; that glorifies your name.
In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen.!