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Evidence Of Christ In You

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"We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has the world's goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?" - 1 John 3:14-17

The name Arthur Conan Doyle might be familiar to you -- he was the author who created the character Sherlock Holmes. In Conan Doyle's stories, Mr. Holmes would use his skill of observation to detect evidence that would lead him and the reader, in the end, to the precious truth. Ever wonder why those stories have stood the test of time and remained so popular? Because something in us loves to link evidence to truth.

Though the evidence that Conan Doyle's character sought to find was merely fictional, you and I live lives of evidence as well. Scripture says that there is very real evidence within us that Christ lives in us as Jesus followers. What is that evidence, you ask? It's your love for other believers. People around us, as you already know, observe our lives. One way that they see the truth of Jesus in us is by the love we have for others in the body of Christ (John 13:35).

How can you express the love of Jesus to another brother or sister in Christ today?

Abiding in the Light

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"The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes." - 1 John 2:9-11

It is impossible to live simultaneously in two spheres--the sphere of light and the sphere of darkness. It is also impossible to live in the community and yet hate a fellow member of that community. Hate and love are incompatible; they repel each other like oil and water. Christian love is not a feeling but a choice. John's words here focus on the attitude that causes us to ignore or despise others, to treat them as irritants, competitors, or enemies. As hard as it may be at times, the only way we can love others as Christ loves us is by Christ loving others through us. Therefore, it's not our love in action but His love.

You have a choice to love others or despise others. Have surrendered that certain relationship in your life to God?

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