Does anyone love anyone enough to tell them the truth anymore? The Apostle John did.
He opens his letter with words we all like, talking about “full joy” but then, he says, “This is the message we have heard from him” (The God Man) “and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth”. (I John 1:5-6)
John is being really clear here. He is telling us we have no fellowship with Christ if we, as a practice, walk in darkness.
We all still sin, but there is a difference in stepping in it and walking in it as a practice.
And if you can continually do something that God calls sin in the Bible—you plan on it, live in it as a lifestyle, it’s your practice, then you need to understand the Bible says you have no fellowship with God.
These aren’t my words, they are God’s words through the Apostle John.
And unless you heed them, you may hear the words, “depart from Me I never knew you.” (See Matt 7:21-23)
John, who longed for our “joy to be full” knew for that to be possible, we had to first understand the gravity of practicing what God calls sin as a lifestyle.
John spoke the hard words because he wanted others to know the better way.
Friend, are we so afraid of offending people that we remain silent when we should open our mouths?
Honestly, it’s like we are watching each other drive 100 MPH down the road, knowing the bridge is out ahead, and certain death is waiting, and we just sit there silent, not wanting to offend each other.
And the truth is, some of us are “not offending each other” all the way to Hell.
But one of my friends, she’s done with that nonsense. She loves those around her enough to tell the truth even when that truth is hard.
And she says one thing she is “done doing” is acting like people are in Heaven who aren’t there!
No more will she cooperate at family funerals by saying “oh, so and so is in a better place” and act like they are in Heaven when it was clear, that their whole life, they refused to follow Jesus and lived like Hell.
And friends, it may sound harsh or callous, but my friend doesn’t want others, she loves, to believe you can walk in darkness and then die and go to Heaven.
In fact, she is being incredibly loving, and truly, like John, when she speaks truth, because she knows for others to have full joy, they need to live like they know, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 John 1:5-6)
Those words aren’t popular. They aren’t politically correct. In fact, the way we are going, those words may be considered “hate speech” soon.
But the truth is, the road is narrow. There is not “your truth” or “my truth”, or your way or my way. There is only ONE way-God’s way.
Is He your Lord? Are you a follower of Christ? Do you know Him? “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” (1 John 1:5-6)