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God’s Presence In Us

How do you know if God is living in you? How do you know if His presence in you is real? The evidence of God’s love and presence in our lives is when we love one another. The Apostle John wrote:

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. – 1 John 4:12 (NIV)

It is so incredibly important that we love each other in the church. Jesus said that everyone would know that we are His followers when we love one another unconditionally. It’s not enough to sit next to someone at a pot-luck. It’s got to be more than just shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries on a Sunday morning. We need to go deeper with one another and truly reach out in love to one another. Even if we disagree on so many topics, we can agree on one – Jesus is the risen Lord. If we can agree on that and love each other in spite of our differences, we can show the world the love of God.

Love Comes From God

On the night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, He gave His disciples one last command. He told them to love one another. His disciple, John, took it to heart and wrote about it quite a bit. In his first letter, he said this:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7 (NIV)

God is the source of love. We need to love one another in the church and when we do, we demonstrate that we belong to God and that we know God. Everything Jesus did was motivated by His love for the Father and His love for people. For followers of Jesus, we should have the same motivations. We can believe the right things and try to be on our best behavior, but if don’t love, we don’t know God. Without the love of God, we’re nothing.

Righteousness And Love

When you become a follower of Jesus, God the Father adopts you into His family of faith. When you are born again, you become a child of God. There are two ways that we change when we become God’s children. John wrote:

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister. – 1 John 3:9-10 (NIV)

Righteousness and love are two of the distinguishing characteristics of God’s children. If you are a child of God, your life will be marked by doing the right things and loving people. Think about these things as you move about through your day today.

Our Advocate, Jesus

One of the primary goals of being a follower of Jesus is to look more like Him. We do this by loving, serving and forgiving other people. We also do this by living holy lives that are set apart and different from those in the world around us. We need to sin less and love God and people more. We often come up short, though. John says that we have an advocate when we do. He wrote:
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. – 1 John 2:1 (NIV)
It is unrealistic to think that we will never sin. The phrase “not sin” here means to not keep on sinning. Our lives should be characterized less and less by sin the longer we walk with Jesus. But when we do inevitably fall short and sin, Jesus is our defense attorney before the Judge of us all. Jesus is pleading your case when you sin and because of God’s grace, we’re always declared innocent and not guilty.

Coming Clean

God is not shocked by your sin. When you confess the fact that you are a sinner, God, in His great mercy and grace, forgives you. All we are doing is agreeing with God’s assessment of the situation.  God knows that we are sinners. To confess our sins is just to agree with what God already knows. John wrote:

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us. – 1 John 1:9-10 (NIV)

God is faithful to forgive our many sins when we own up to the reality of our situation. If we stubbornly refuse to acknowledge our sin and insist that we’re “good people,” God will not forgive us. So confess your sinfulness to God today. He will neither be shocked nor surprised. He already knows what you’ve done and He’s ready to forgive you.

Positioning Ourselves In The Light

The darkness is a scary place. It is a place with no light. Little children are afraid of the dark. Frankly, adults should be, too. This is what the Apostle John said about the darkness and the light:

If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 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. – 1 John 1:6-7 (NIV)

As a follower of Jesus, I need to position myself in the light because that’s where God is – in the light. If I want to be with God, I need to be in the light. Lies, lust, hatred, rage, greed, drunkenness and envy all belong to the darkness. If I want to be with God, I have to reject these deeds of darkness – and others – and walk in His light. We have to be filled with the Spirit of God and let Him take over and continually lead us to His light. Then we will be filled with the light of love, joy, peace and hope.

God Is Light

On August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse and people are excited about it. They’re buying glasses and organizing parties. People are excited about the sun being blocked out completely and the skies going dark in the middle of the day. It’s a rather rare occurrence and darkness during the light of day won’t happen again for seven years.
The Apostle John talked about God, light and darkness in his first letter. He wrote:

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. – 1 John 1:5 (NIV)

God is the very definition of light and there is no darkness in Him at all. The light of God can never be eclipsed by the darkness of sin. The light of God can never be eclipsed by the darkness of evil or hate. God is pure light. He is holy and He is perfect. If you want light and truth, you have to seek after God. He is light and He will never lead you to the darkness.

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