Starting a Study of 1 John
Hello, wonderful people! I just want to start by saying I love you all so much, and you bring me an endless joy. This week I have a message to share with you that has been close in my heart. It begins this past week
I was being stupid & 1 John
You should know that sometimes I say things just to say them. Sometimes it is a prideful reason, and other times it can be out of fear. I get afraid of relationships with people, and I take to much control. That leads to me getting stressed and scared, so I do what I do best – say the stupid thing. I have come to realize that this generally happens when my relation is with God weakens. He makes sure I realize when I need to redirect my focus (for that I am grateful).
This past week, I took part of my afternoon to get back in line with God. I came across a verse in the book of 1 John, and I ust got carried away in the message and read the entire book. In the next few weeks, I will be going through the book of 1 John with you because of how much it can apply to life.
Let’s start in the beginning…
The first chapter in the book is actually pretty short (ya, short for 1 John). If you don’t know already, 1 John is one of the shortest books in the Bible, but it has so many hidden treasures.
“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 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.” 1 John 1:5b – 7
This is the passage that got me really thinking. As I told you earlier, there was something that I said earlier this week that was not the best. I do not think that I went about saying it in the most loving way. To tell you a short version of what happened, I have a good friend. He and I are best-friends (and have talked about dating each other potientially in the future), and I really care about him. This past summer God did teach me what love was and showed me that I did love him. I am the person that gets scared of commitment or even the mear mention of that word when it relates to people. I just have a hard time, and truthfully, I get frightened. It is a world where you have to leave your comfort zone. I told my friend I maybe I just wanted to be friends, but it came across as more of a, “yep, we’re just going to be friends”. That hurt him, and I knew it would.
The two of us did end up working this ordeal out. The conclusion of prayer, time, and putting God first was what was decided upon. This is not necessarily me walking in pure evil. I really do try to align myself with God, but this does spark something in my head.
Fellowship vs a Walking Liar
The verse continued to mention if you walk in the dark but say you have fellowship with God, you are a liar. The truth does not go with you. I am going to go out on a limb to believe none of you are truly terrible people, but you instead stumble every day. I fall in my actions every single say. Perfection just is not obtainable to us humans. Sorry to be the bearer of harsh reality. Though when we go through sin, how are we showing God’s love?
The point of this verse, to me, is that we really just need to have Jesus be a check. I think in the time we live in, more people do things just because it will not hurt anyone, or “it sounds good”. If you want to walk in the light, you have to have Jesus as your check, you need to be aware of this. Walk in the light. Have a true fellowship with God. The most important thing is that you need your “Jesus check”. Walking in the light doesn’t mean you aren’t going to sin; it just means that you are aware of when you do wrong.
I challenge you to want to truly walk in the light. Have a Jesus check, and make sure that you are aware. If you are being aware, I promise you walking in the light will become something that becomes easier. I am not saying that you will never stop being tempted or sinning, but walking with Jesus will be more worth it. Keep a balance check for yourself with God.
We can do it together.
Rethink walking in the light,