Walking in the Light= Community

1John 1:5: when we walk in the light, we have fellowship with one another. The definition of fellowship is friendly association with someone who shares your interests. But just the use of the word fellowship in the text indicates that we are not meant to go it alone. We are meant to have other Christians walking beside us. We are meant to have friends with whom we can share life struggles. We are meant to have people who get along together, that form bonds with us. We need this.  There is a verse that comes to mind from Ecclesiastics 4:9-12: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.  We all know there is one that will attack us constantly. This is especially true when we are about to make spiritual break through, or if we are about to do something for the Kingdom of God. We need people praying for us daily. We need someone there to keep us in check. We need someone there to share our joy. The most fun part of community is sharing the joy. When you are able to talk about a victory, then everyone celebrates with you. When there is something difficult then everyone is praying with you. When we are doing something out of the will of God, we have friends who gently show us the way. When we are walking in the Light, there is a whole host of people walking with us. It is up to us to take the time to find that few to walk closely with us.

This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him, there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out 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.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

 

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