We have fellowship with one another. I John 1:7
The Apostle John says, “Our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ” (1:3). Many people ask the question, “Is there anything that can break that relationship?’ Because this statement is written to Christian believers, the answer is simple – no!
The truth is that we can never break our relationship with God. Paul says there is absolutely nothing that “shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:39). At the time of your and my salvation, we were forgiven for all our sins. “We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all” (Hebrews 10:10). On the cross Jesus “offered one sacrifice for sins for all time…For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified” (10:12-14).
But, even after coming to Christ for salvation, it is possible to forfeit the joy of our relationship with God, just like we can lose the joy of the relationship with our husband or wife in times of selfishness. Though we sin against each other and the joy is gone for a season, we’re still married.
So, when the joy leaves in our relationship with God, our spouse, our kids, or our friends, and we know it is because we’ve acted sinfully, what can we do to find the joy again.
Let me suggest two things:
John says that “if we walk in the light”—exposing ourselves openly and honestly to it—“we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7). Our walking in the light will eventually have the right effect on our relationships with each other.
Instead of playing games, blaming, or waiting for it to “blow over,” follow James’ advice: “Confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another” (5:16)
Nothing brings the joy back to a relationship like confession, forgiveness and prayer.
Try it this week!