The Calvary Road #8 – Our Walk with Others
How encouraging in our spiritual journey to know that we do not walk the path with God alone. Others walk with us.
We walk in fellowship with Christ. And we walk in fellowship with other Christ followers.
Our fellowship is linked. When we draw closer to God, we also draw closer to one another. And when we do or say something that offends a brother or sister, we are also distanced from God.
We may still converse with this brother or sister. But the relationship is now strained. It’s like a veil is between us, and if not removed, can thicken into a blanket, and even become a brick wall.
When we fail to love, the apostle John says that we “walk in darkness” (1 John 2:9, 11). Light reveals and darkness hides.
Just like Adam and Eve, the first effect of sin in us is always to make us hide. We cover up and hide who we really are or what we’re really feeling. We’re not open and honest with others or with God.
This unique interplay is described by John: “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. . . . God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them” (1 John 4:7, 16).
God loves the very person we’re struggling to love.
The barrier needs to be torn down through forgiveness and love. (We at least tear down our side of the barrier even when full reconciliation doesn’t happen. Reconciliation takes both sides.)
As we make things right with others, the blood of Jesus cleanses us, and we are made right with God. Love fills our hearts for others and expresses itself through our actions, as we walk in fellowship together again.
Revival is you and I walking along God’s Way in complete oneness with the Lord Jesus and with one another, with cups continually cleansed and overflowing with the life and love of God.
Who are you traveling together with in your spiritual journey? Is there anything you need to make right with another person?
~ Pastor Dave