But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 KJ21)
What a blessing it is to live in fellowship with those around us. We share the wonderful grace of Christ’s life and love flowing in us and through us. We celebrate the forgiveness of sin, and a real joy in simply being together.
It is interesting to note that John’s words of admonition are going to a group of believers who knew intimately how difficult it can be to live out this high calling in an unbelieving world. Fellowship was about the only thing they could hang onto and it was, and remains, a priority within the church. Sadly, the groups and factions that make up the present day church around the world seem to have forgotten this critical point. It often seems to me that we spend an inordinate amount of time and energy distancing ourselves from those who differ from us. We want to make the point that our theology is the correct one, our beliefs about secondary matters are the only correct way to live out our faith. And so, we criticize, and judge those who do not agree with us. We hurt one another, we divide the church, and we are more interested in proving ourselves right than we are in walking in the the light as He is in the light. John tells us that this will result in fellowship in Christ, and that fellowship stretches far beyond the walls of our particular place of worship. Perhaps we are not walking in the light where we thought we were, and have contented ourselves to get used to seeing dimly and feeling our way along in the darkness we have created. May God wake up His church in every nation, tribe, tongue, denomination, and splinter group before it is too late.