Thursday, March 14, 2013

Preparing for Easter ~ Mark of the Unregenerate Heart


 [God...made a lasting mark through the sacrifice of Jesus. Hebrews 13:20 MSG
During this season of reflection and renewal, join me, and let's explore the visible evidence that identifies us as faithful followers of Jesus. Can others see Jesus in our lives? ~ Donna Oswalt]

But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 1 John 2:11 NKJV

Some claim Christianity but walk in darkness, blinded to the Truth. We are to love each other, and if we live with hatred, then we are living in sin and not in fellowship with God. Ray Stedman says, “such an attitude of hostility, indifference, or unconcern toward another is a mark of an unregenerate life.”* Stedman’s insight defines hates and darkness more specifically. Hate creates a hardening within the heart. The dictionary defines unregenerate as “unrepentant, not reformed, wicked, obstinate, unconvinced, refusing to believe.” This is not the kind of heart where the Spirit dwells. 

The power of Satan over our lives can be broken with the grace of Christ, but each one of us must choose to forgive others, as Christ forgives us. The one who carries the attitude of hostility, indifference, or unconcern toward another walks in darkness. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. (1 John 2:5) How is your heart?
  • Read 1 John 2:1-11; Who is our Advocate? What is propitiation? 
  • What do you call someone who says, I know God but does not obey God?
Jesus, I want to love You more. In loving You more, I can love others better. Help me to walk in the Light. – dho

*The Power of His Presence, p.148, Ray Stedman

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