“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
Today’s passage emphasizes how personal spiritual consistency promotes Christian unity. In other words, how we live should back up what we say; and whether or not we’re walking in fellowship with Christ affects our fellowship with one another. John describes two kinds of people: talkers and walkers. So, are you a walker or just a talker?
Talkers typically put on a spiritual front. However, their actions and habits don’t reveal the truth of God’s Word. So, while they enjoy spiritual conversation, they tend to be quiet about their true feelings. That means they have to keep relationships superficial. Otherwise, the shallow nature of their faith becomes obvious. Now, they don’t mind helping here and there; as long as it’s convenient and improves their reputation. But because their talk and walk don’t match, they don’t usually make commitments.
Walkers, on the other hand, have a deep abiding walk with Jesus that impacts how they walk with others. Because they live daily in the light of God’s love and grace, their greatest desire is to further the cause of Christ. As a result, they build authentic and transparent relationships; and freely forgive, just as they were forgiven. Walkers also keep their relationships free of pettiness and pretense; enabling them to care deeply and genuinely about the people around them.
What about you? Does your walk match your talk? As followers of Christ, we should consistently practice the truths of God’s Word. When our relationship with Jesus is authentic, it shows up in how we relate to others. His love and forgiveness are reflected in every other relationship – even the most difficult ones. Living in Christian unity begins by forging authentic friendships, enjoying the fellowship of Christ together.