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Rather Iffy, Wouldn’t You Say?, Part I

  9/26/2016, devotion for week #39 
  Reference: I John chapters 1, 2 and 4, James 4:4-7

Several times in the book of I John written by John the disciple-turned-apostle warns against pretending or, as most would call it, hypocrisy. He makes a case for embracing a lifestyle that is either black or white, no gray areas allowed.. 

We’re living in an age when more than ever we need to be real about our faith and following Jesus Christ.

John’s challenge to the believer is to be who you say you are, live for Whom you claim to belong to and obey the One you say you love.

He also presents the challenges in a way that denounces walking in contradictions. Life has less and less room for gray areas. Either you are or you aren’t, do or you don’t, will or you won’t – otherwise, you lie, you're a liar.

Such conclusions could be viewed as "fighting words." But consider the manner in which John elaborates on these challenges.

I John 1:6, If we claim to have fellowship with Him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. Because God is light and has no darkness within Himself, it is impossible for darkness and light to have equal existence. Light no matter how small cancels darkness’ complete and absolute exposure. Yet, holding on to known sin cancels authentic fellowship with God and we lie to ourselves if we think the fellowship is intact.

I John 2:15b If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. The essence of God is love. But there is a love that God hates, the love for the world system. It always opposes the will and ways of God. The world’s system is organized by Satan and against God and His righteousness. It’s rooted in a three-way trap that knows how to seduce us using the lust of the flesh, the eyes and the pride of life.

If we love the allures Satan sends our way, then we abandon our love for God.

James 4:4 puts it this way, friendship with the world is also a choice to become an enemy of God, no such thing as being a frenemy.

Part II next week. 

 

 

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