What Do Your Actions Say?
This world has seemingly turned so crazy so quickly. I struggle reading and watching the news. People seem to be filled with so much anger. So many are offended at anything and everything. People are attacking one another over race, political parties, and differing viewpoints. What hurts my heart the most is that this isn’t just happening out in the world, but it is happening within the Church.
The word of God is so clear on how we as followers of Christ should think and act. Not solely towards the world, but also towards our brothers and sisters in Christ. One such place in Scripture is found in 1 John. John holds nothing back as he lays it out for believers.
John starts placing the foundation by reminding us of who God is. First John 1:5b says, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” God is a holy God, and there is no darkness, no sin, no evil in Him. First John 1:6 then continues, “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” We cannot say we have a relationship with God if we are walking in darkness since there is no darkness where there is light.
You say you are in the light and have fellowship with God. What do your actions say? How are you treating your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ? Not the ones that see things the way you do and agree with you. Not the ones you are friends with or those you get along with. Not the ones that notice you and say “hello” to you on Sundays.
How is your heart towards those that have offended you? To those who have done something to hurt you. To those who you disagreed with, but they went ahead and did things their way anyway. What is your response to them? Is it talking about them to others? Is it name calling or defamation of character? Is it wishing them ill will in your heart? Or is your response love for them, praying for them, seeking God’s help in forgiving them, and making sure no word against them comes out of your mouth or through your fingers on Facebook?
John admonishes us, “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now” (1 John 2:9). The word “brother” here refers to your brother or sister in Christ. John isn’t done, though. He goes on in verse 11, “But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.”
My Christian friend, now is the time for self-examination. Are you walking blind right now? Have you deceived yourself into thinking you are right and that you can have fellowship with God while holding anger and hate in your heart for one of His? Be careful to not grab the lie “He/She is not one of His” just because you have been hurt or because they didn’t agree with you. Hear my warning and remember that only God sees the heart. Hear the warning from John and assess your heart, repent for any hate and unresolved anger, and walk in forgiveness of others just as you yourself have been forgiven by God.