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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Quiet Time: Forgiven for Fellowship with the Father

Forgiven for Fellowship with the Father

Read: 1 John 1:5-10

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

Two people cannot walk together unless they both agree to move in the same direction (Amos 3:3; Matthew 6:24). So it is in our walk with God. We must abandon our own direction in order to follow His. This act of submission is the beginning of a life-long relationship or fellowship with God.

When we agree with God we walk in His ways, we fellowship with Him; to do otherwise makes us liars (1 John 1:6 & 6). As we walk with God we find there are people who want to walk with us. Walking with Christ followers is called the “fellowship of believers” (1John 1:7). The members of these fellowships get together regularly to encourage one another to continue walking close to Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:11), and they are known respectively as “Christians” (Acts 11:26).

Now, anytime people get together there’s a potential for offense and broken fellowship. (Just consider your last family argument). This, in turn, creates the immediate need for forgiveness. I say “need” because forgiving one another is a critical ingredient of our walk with Christ (Matthew 6:14; Ephesians 4:32).

More on this tomorrow. (Forgiving Our Fellows)

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