July 13, 2017| A Devotion
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. (1 John 1:7 NIV)
In Biblical fellowship, we should experience authenticity.
Authentic friendships are more than superficial, surface-level chit-chat. They involve genuine, heart-to-heart, sometimes gut-level, sharing.
These friendships develop when we get honest about who we are and what is happening in our lives. They develop when we share our hurts, reveal our feelings, confess our failures, disclose our doubts, admit our fears, acknowledge our weaknesses, and ask for help and prayer.
Unfortunately, this level of authenticity and intimacy is the exact opposite of what we find in many churches. Instead of an atmosphere of honesty and humility, we often become involved in pretending, role-playing, politicking, superficial politeness, and shallow conversation. We begin to wear masks, keep our guard up, and act as if everything is rosy in our lives. These attitudes are the death of real friendship.
It’s only as we become open about our lives that we experience authentic fellowship. The world thinks intimacy occurs in the dark, but God says it happens in the light. We tend to use darkness to hide our hurts, faults, fears, failures, and flaws. But in God’s light, we can bring them all out into the open and admit who we really are.
This is the way we grow spiritually and be emotionally healthy. The Bible says, “Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.” (James 5:16 MSG) – Rick Warren.
Some of us are afraid of the light, afraid to reveal. See how it goes: We don’t want to reveal because we assume the person is fake and the person too assumes were fake so they twist the situation, what’s the results – failing relationships, a church full of pretence, judgemental attitudes, resentment and spite, over cautious character, and more lies.
Now are there people, that just want information from us just to add in their ‘archives’ and make us look terrible, o yes! But those who seek genuine friendship should be open to the light of God’s Word, and the Holy Spirit’s refining fire that would purge all that’s not of God in us. We should pray for divine friendships yes, not clouding our minds and being sensitive when it arrives.
How dies it feel to have friends, but have no friends? Tiring and weak, right? How does it feel pretending about your situation, not sure if the other party is trustworthy? How did you get through building strong friendship despite it all?
Lord strengthen our inner man. Bring genuine friends our way and help us to be honest people. We come into the light of your Word and ask the Holy Spirit to refine us. We will not be ashamed and remain in the dark because that’s what the enemy wants. Amen.