1John 1-3~ Day 107~Walk like He walked!

I know someone who has claimed to be a Christian for 30 years.  This person's life was never real exemplary of a Christian, but, hey, who am I to judge, right?  After some time, the person divorced and is now living with a new "significant other".  Needless to say, it has left the friends of this person confused and somewhat speechless.  If this person was a teenager, I think Christian friends would call this person out and instruct the teen in the what the Bible has to say about sexual sin. "Avoid it!" (1Cor. 6:9-11, 6:18-20, 7:2, Gal. 5:19, 1 Thess. 4:3 and Heb. 13:4).

Yet, some sort of muzzle occurs on believers when the "Christian" is older and more autonomous in their thinking.  Maybe the friends think the person knows better so there is no need pointing out the obvious....I don't know what creates the muzzle.  I actually have not been in a position to talk with this person yet about their new living situation, but I have often wondered what I would say if the opportunity arose.

After reading 1 John 2, I think I would just refer this person to that letter!  I don't need to say a thing! I just need to suggest the person does some self evaluating while they read. "This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commands.  The one who says, "I have come to know him," and yet doesn't keep his commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But whoever keeps this word, truly in him the love of God is made complete.  This is how we know we are in him:  The one who says he remains in him should walk just as he walked." (2:3-6)

Boom!  That's pretty straight forward!

I am getting older and I have seen now, how long a person can carry on a lie,  I've seen a few now who have appeared to be devout believers for 25+ years and then they get up and walk away from their "faith" (apostisize).  The reality is that they never truly knew Jesus and the salvation he offers (3:6). How utterly sad and what a waste of time for them!

However, there is always a bright side!!  After their lie is exposed, that person is in a better situation than they were before! Now Christians can speak truth into that person's life!  The muzzle is removed!  That person can still come to a saving faith in Jesus! It's never too late, no matter how long they lied!

I pray for this person I have been referring to.  I pray that they come clean so that truth can take the place of the lie!

Comments

Rapster J said…
The older we get, the more sophisticated we get in fooling ourselves, that what we are doing is ok. I know several adults in this very situation and if they read this passage, I don't think there would be any big revelations for themselves (although you never know); there is a progressive hardening of the heart that happens with sin. Prayer is the only way.
Yes, I agree, prayer is all a friend can do. We can't MAKE others obey. But wouldn't it be great to be able to go up to the person, shake them silly and say, "What the heck are you doing? Snap out of it!!"

Ahh, that would feel so good, like I did something.....but alas....that probably wouldn't be very effective. 😞

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