MIMICKING RIGHT 

Reference text : 1 John 1:5-2:2

1 John 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

In what psychologist refer to as behavioural similarity, studies have shown an alignment in the attitudes of people who are in long term relationships. One article I read used the statement ‘we are natural mimics, and the longer we stay with someone, the better we get at it’. So it isn’t uncommon to see couples begin using similar syntax, attempt to change as their partners do, all the while; maintaining their own uniqueness.

That similarity is what St John highlighted in his first letter today- if we claim to be in fellowship with God, then we ought to attempt to mimic what he does. He is light, so the choice to walk in darkness while claiming fellowship with him is improbable- it should not be the case because those two extremes in the same space, should not coexist. Where there is light, there can be no darkness.

John even takes this up a notch with these words ‘little children, I write to you that you may not sin'(2 vs 2): The only reason he makes such a claim was to show that there was the possibility of living such a life. He then goes further to say just in case we cannot achieve that ideal, we have someone to turn to- Jesus, our intercessor with the Father. Sadly, this last statement has become our preferred of the two options.

Because we have someone to fall back on, we make no effort whatsoever to avoid sin and just fall because someone will catch us when we do. Beloved, we enter a new year very soon and resolutions will be made, thus, if there is one thing I would recommend you add to your already long list of resolutions for the upcoming year, it is this “I will work at avoiding sin and not intentionally fall into it just because I know someone will catch me”

Remember # Your eternity is too much of a steep price to pay for a few minutes of pleasure… That tradeoff is just unacceptable.

#sly

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