Reflections on Scripture

by Wayne Bandy

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Reflections for April 28, 2016

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Reflections for this date are based on the following scripture passages:
1 John 1
1 John 2
1 John 3
Deuteronomy 9
Deuteronomy 10
Psalms 70
Proverbs 22

Blaring Actions

1 John testifies to the truth of the saying, "Actions speak louder than words." A believer that actions show the real person, John points to four lies we may tells ourselves and others trying to convince ourselves we are spiritual. With the first lie, a person who is walking in darkness says, "I have fellowship with God." But John says this is not possible. One who walks in darkness cannot have fellowship with God who is in the light. A way that we can know if we are walking in the light or not is by our relationship with others. If we do not get along with others well we can know we are not walking in the light.

A second lie we may tell ourselves is that we do not have a sin nature. John says, "If we say, 'We have no sin,' we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Closely related to this is the third lie in which we may say, "I have not sinned." Not only do we lie in saying this, we make God a liar who has said, "All have sinned."

The fourth lie is to claim to be obedient to God when we haven't kept His commandments. And how do we know if we are keeping His commandments? We walk as Jesus walked. No, we are not Jesus and will not walk as He did without stumbling. But our walk as a whole will reflect His walk.

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