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Live Out Love – 1 John 1 & 2 // by Nikki Charnstrom

By February 3, 2017Discovering Me

In the broken world of today, it’s easy to find ourselves tangled in the shame, sorrow and guilt that ever so relentlessly characterizes society. As Christians we do have one of the hardest reputations to maintain because we are surrounded by deafening darkness. There will be moments we experience weakness but do not take it lightly when I say we have a duty to live out love.

 

The moment you became a Christian, you invited the God of the heavens into your day-to-day. I think it’s safe to say He was probably more excited about it than you were at the time. We are His creation. He formed us with the imagination of His thoughts and the life-giving breath of His lungs. By accepting the love of the Father and believing in His Son Jesus, you acknowledged the start of a supernatural relationship.

 

1 John 1:3 says, “… and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

 

Although we might have it slightly more difficult, what an opportunity to personally know the Man who brought everything we know and more into existence. Take heart my friends, though seasons will test our faith, we have access to the brightest Light this world has ever seen.

 

“This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

 

I firmly believe those around us are watching how we react to certain circumstances, trials and mistakes. It might take all we got but we must maintain a positive attitude and Christ-like mentality. Our Savior died to eradicate the weight of sin. It is up to you and me to live out a life worthy of the title “Child of God.”

 

Here is an example in 1 John to put it into context.

 

“If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:6-7

 

If we ignore the fact that although we are forgiven, we are still susceptible to sin, then we deny the very reason Christ died on the cross. Just because the blood of Christ was shed so you and I could live free, we can’t forget the price paid. While He doesn’t ask to be reimbursed, He does ask that we live out our days honoring who He is. When we do fall short and let sin in, there is a beautiful thing we can do to recover from it.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

 

When we screw up, Christ is our Advocate. He defends us, protects us and enables us to move forward. In Him we will always have a fresh start within a matter of moments. From the second you humble yourself before Him and acknowledge your frailty, He moves. Coming to Him at your worst and praising Him at your best is a relationship worthy of His calling. In times when we have no answers, the one thing we can grasp with a firm grip is His Word. If you hold onto the sweet truth set before you on holy paper, you will be a vessel overflowing with the love of God.

 

“The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.” 1 John 2:4-6

 

Walk in the same manner as Christ walked. That is our new commandment. When I think about the way Jesus lived out His life on earth’s soil, all I see is blameless love. He healed the sick, comforted the broken, fed the starving, raised the dead, and performed outstanding miracles. In all those things, He lived each one through a character of love.

 

I don’t know about you but that inspires me to work hard every day at living out love. We have the blessed chance at showing this sad world what a joy we’ve found in Jesus. They will never feel that joy if we aren’t that joy. I challenge you to press into the Lord. Get to know who He is and shape your spirit to reflect that of Him.

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