1 John 2:20-21+24-27
But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.
I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you.
But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.
Before I became a Christian, I used to muddle along quite well. Folk generally seemed to think that I was a fairly gentle soul — a little diffident perhaps — but someone who kept himself to himself. Even the words I use to describe myself are equivocal. People would express surprise when, occasionally, I ‘stuck my head above the parapet’. Many of us are like that — non-confrontational — not making waves.
However, this attitude — while it seeks to avoid making enemies (which it doesn’t, by the way) — is very much ‘sitting on the fence’. I realised that, once The Lord had got hold of me, I was not being true to my faith, that I was walking in a spirit of compromise with the world — and that is not far off siding with the enemy. I needed to please God instead of man, or myself. And when we come to know Jesus in truth, we find we have discovered the key to change.
You do not stop making enemies in this process — quite the reverse in fact — your change upsets people, disturbs their own outlook, even if they are believers in Jesus also. I would say that The Lord’s Truth and the separation it involves, increases the number of your enemies. It doesn’t make you a friend of The World.
But John encourages us to walk that road nonetheless, for we have a promise and this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. Our path takes us beyond this earthly life, and into the promised land. … and let us not forget that the Truth is with us by His Holy Spirit. The Way, The Truth and The Life.
Now if the LORD your God enlarges your territory, as He swore to your fathers, and gives you the land which He promised to give to your fathers, [Deuteronomy 19:8]
Meditate On These Things
LORD, who may abide in Your tabernacle?
Who may dwell in Your holy hill?
He who walks uprightly,
And works righteousness,
And speaks the truth in his heart;
He who does not backbite with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbour,
Nor does he take up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a vile person is despised,
But he honours those who fear the LORD;
He who swears to his own hurt and does not change;
He who does not put out his money at usury,
Nor does he take a bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things shall never be moved.
A LOVE FOR TRUTH — Dylan Woodward
A HOLY CONDITION: Oswald Chambers on JOY and PEACE
GEORGE and GILL STEWART