Something in Common

I John 1:6-7 “If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 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.”

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The word fellowship really means to hold something in common. It is the condition of sharing similar interests, ideals, or experiences, as by reason of profession, religion, or nationality. You can have a church fellowship, a sports fellowship, even a business fellowship. As a member of one of these fellowships, you agree to share something in common with other members.

Since darkness is the opposite of light, they have nothing in common. If we are walking in darkness and He is in the light, we cannot claim to have fellowship with Him.

But when we walk in the light, as He is in the light, then we are in fellowship with Jesus Christ. We know that He will not allow sin into His presence. That’s a problem, since we are all sinners. But just as the sun will bleach out an old towel that is left by the pool, His light will bleach out our souls! His light will purify us, and will get rid of all that old nasty sin that likes to stay in the dark. When we step into His light and stay there, He keeps us clean. Then, we can have fellowship with Him.

Dear Father, Thank You for agreeing to be in fellowship with me. I want to stay near You, and walk in Your light.


2 Responses to Something in Common

  1. April 7, 2009 #

    Renae, I’m so glad to be walking in light with you — both here and literally! I was just thinking this morning that I would so easily drift away if I didn’t have fellowship with other believers. That’s why we’re not supposed to be yoked with unbelievers. Also, Satan wants to get us alone so he can lie to us (that’s his native language). We need to stay close together so we can speak truth to each other. Great post!

  2. April 7, 2009 #

    Thanks, Anne! I think that, as we have fellowship with Christ, we automatically will be drawn to others who hold that in common, don’t you? But when we pull back from Christ, we often pull back from people who are walking with Christ.

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