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(Read 1 John 4:13-21)
Ever get that feeling you’re right where you’re supposed to be? Ever had an instant connection when you met someone? On the other hand, have you ever felt a sense of urgency to distance yourself or even flee from a person or place? Maybe you’ve been watching/reading something and have a strong urge to stop/look away/turn it off/close the book. It’s amazing to know He loves us so much that His Holy Spirit can steer all of us toward His will and away from temptation....IF we’re listening, of course.
That’s the first of 3 major focal points in this passage. John says “by this we know that we abide in Him and He in us”. By what? By having His Holy Spirit. Paraphrasing, [we will know He’s in us by Him being in us]. Sure, it sounds odd but I’ve never experienced a true move of the Holy Spirit without undoubtedly knowing it came from the Holy Spirit.
So, how do we get to that status of “we in Him/He in us”?
The answer is kind of a two-part. We get there through a) maturity of our love that comes through b) confessing Jesus Christ as the Son and Savior of the world. I’ll start with the latter.
If you have never truly confessed Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, confess the absence of this confession with your Pastor or a seasoned believer. That is the perfect time to ask any questions that may be clouding your direction toward confession. Talk it through and confess when you’re ready. I cannot make this statement, however, without heeding the warning that, eventually, every knee will bow and tongue confess (Read Philippians 2:5-11). Paul identifies “every knee/tongue” to be that of every creature in Heaven, on earth and under the earth. Literally everything and everyone. Confess when you’re ready but do not waste time. It is the most important decision you’ll ever make.
As for our love, John actually says it’s impossible to love God and have hate in our hearts. I’d challenge all (myself included) to make reconciliation in our hearts for whoever comes to mind in this moment. If the Holy Spirit leads you to it, ask them for forgiveness. Perhaps you are to forgive them. Regardless of how it got there, get rid of it and move forward. Do not walk around in your very best “good Christian walk“ with a nasty stain on it.
Which brings me to my last point. If and when we get to that point of maturity, we will be fearless in His Love. True love know no fear. As a husband, I can testify that there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to protect my wife. As a father, I can testify that there’s nothing I wouldn’t do to protect my children. These are very intimate relationships but, as Christians, it shouldn’t stop there. It is the very definition of the love we are to have for all. As Christ is, so shall we be in the world.
So, to summarize, having the Holy Spirit will be realized by a fearless and true love when we confess the Holy Name of Jesus Christ. I encourage everyone to run toward this milestone with their arms wide open. The consequence for not doing so is great but the Reward of having done it, so much greater!
Are you feeling prompted away from someone or something? Have you confessed Jesus as the Son and Savior of the world? Do you need to rid any hate so that you may fearlessly love the way Christ loves us?
We give You praise today. You Alone are Holy! Thank You for sending Your Son as our reference on how to live and love. Lead us. Guide us. Teach us. We Love You!
Written by Brian Price
References are from:
The Holy Bible (ESV, KJV, CJSB)
The Holy Spirit
Thank you to all who have been writing and reading these devotionals. I hope they have been a blessing to you and your families as they have been to me and mine! God Bless You, All!