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Saturday, February 13, 2022
Today’s Scripture Reading | 1 John 1:1–10
We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him while we are walking in darkness, we lie and do not do what is true; 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. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (NRSV)
God has put a desire for relationship in every one of us, a desire God intended to be met through relationships with other people, but most of all to be met by a relationship with God. In this remarkable letter, John tells us the truth about relationships and our duties as members of the church.
The closure of church buildings during the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown forced churches to ‘“do” church differently and to reimagine the future of the church. For a long time, many churches resisted change and spoke against considering or even implementing different ideas of being church today. However, the job of the church is to proclaim Christ (in season and out of season), and regardless of whether COVID-19 helps or hinders us, that work must be our priority.
1 John 1:1–10 speaks of our duties as members of the church—that is to love and fellowship with God. John emphasizes the importance of having genuine fellowship with the Father and the Son, which brings true joy, freedom, and peace.
And if we find ourselves misaligned, well, 1 John 1:1-10 tells us exactly what to do. We are to confess our sins to God and receive his forgiveness and purification from our sin, thus walking in light. God is light. Walk in the light to be in fellowship with God.
Heavenly Father, your Word tells us that eternal life is knowing you and the Lord Jesus Christ whom you have sent to be our Lord and Savior, and Father, I want to know more of you. Help me to know you more and to fellowship with you more. Dear Father, too often I find myself allowing fleshly tendencies to influence my life choices. Forgive me for the times I have left my first love, Jesus Christ. Give me a closer walk with you, I pray, and may my daily fellowship with you become my dearest priority in life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Written by Kash Oshane Taylor, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church
Reflection and prayer © Fourth Presbyterian Church
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