SOAP Devotional 2014-05-15
Scripture – Observation – Application – Prayer
This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; we are not practicing the truth. But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:5-7 NLT)
This is what Jesus taught and so we do, too: God is light and there is no darkness in Him, because of this we would be lying if we said we were Christians if we kept living in an ungodly way. We would not be practicing the true gospel message. However, if we live in a godly manner as God intended for us to, then we would be true believers by the blood of Jesus and would have a bond with other believers as Jesus himself cleanses us from ALL sin.
When we become believers we become new, born again to live godly lives. We deceive ourselves when we try to do differently. We also do a great disservice to others when we let them assume otherwise.
Father, do not let me ever be guilty of misleading people into thinking they can be true Christians and do whatever they want to.