Jun 08, 20170 CommentsChristianity, Wisdom

I got to thinking this morning that we are saved, but we’re not in Heaven yet. Though nothing can separate us from the love of God, and we cannot lose our salvation, as Christians, we are not going to live trial-free lives on this earth, and boy don’t we know it! We are human, and while we are human, we are going to fail big and small. I find it necessary to take daily inventory to identify any weakness or fault within my thoughts, behaviors, and actions so that I can be aware and on guard as I go about my days. Even then, I’m not going to be perfect. I’m still going to fail and will need my Savior, constantly.

I’ve been reading 1 John, and it’s speaking loud and clear the behaviors we need to embrace and live out as Christians on this earth, what the human factor contradicts. We are humans doing our best to live as Christians among each other in every facet of life. At our jobs, in our church ministries, at home, etc. There are bound to be many frustrations, disappointments, and conflicts that we’ll face among each other as believers. We are not going to get along with everyone, and we may even find that we don’t particularly like someone, as can be expected to occur within human interactions and reactions. What I find helpful in these cases is only the word of God and conviction of the Holy Spirit, but this doesn’t always come quick and blatant unless I take that daily inventory. The enemy wants to blind us from ourselves and our human behaviors, doing everything he can to cause divide and wreak havoc in relationships.

Today I paused on 1 John 2:9-11 and asked myself “am I carrying animosity toward another believer?” Because if I am in any way shape or form, then I am blinded and living in darkness. His word says “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going because the darkness has blinded them.”

I don’t hate anyone, but I may have some hidden animosity toward others for whatever reasons that have occurred in the human factor. Though it’s not always easy, it is necessary to lay this down at the cross no matter what, and no matter who, so that light and sight prevails.

So what about you? What’s your inventory this morning? You don’t have to answer here but for yourself.

I am souled out for light. Surrendered and chained to the feet of my Savior, where I will surrender all the days of my earthly, human life continually. This is what being a Christian looks like to me, and I’m privileged, truly, to be there.

Brandee Nielsen-Smith
Founder and Host, Christian Coffee Talk for Women

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