A Debtor Walks in Light
- Date: August 25, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
- From Tongues Of Fire II
We have the admonition in Ephesians 4:29 not to speak corruptly and, theologically, we all know this. We understand it but somehow make ourselves the exception because what I think just has to be communicated. "People are entitled to hear the truth, and all truth originates with me, my understanding, how I perceive, what I think." How about let's make it spiritual and holy? Why don't we kill one another over love? "They are not loving me properly," so we want to gossip and kill them, talking about how they are not showing us the kind of love we think we deserve. People are making every effort to live sanctified lives but they are not sanctified enough for us. So we begin to say what else we think they should be doing. "Oh yeah, I've noticed that they are praying more, and I've noticed they are spending more time in the Word, and they are not even quite as ornery as they used to be. But, you know, I still don't agree with the way they dress." How can you say you love God, whom you've not seen, and you can't even love your brother whom you have? Isn't that what the apostle tells us in 1 John? We've got to put our little opinion in there. "Unless they are doing it exactly like I'm doing it, they are not hearing from God."
All of this begins, then, with death to self, doesn't it? "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24). And so we cry out and we ask, "Father, Lord, just deal with my heart. Bring me back to the awareness of who I really am and what I've been forgiven." Oh, beloved, when we lose sight of the fact that we are the debtors, we're in trouble. Everything goes downhill from there. The admonition of the Lord is, "Freely ye have received, freely give." We forgive "…even as God for Christ's sake…". We forgive as we've been forgiven, and we need to be reminded of these things. We talked last session about the fact that we need to start making it easy on people to bring us correction and reproof; amen? Some of us just have the reputation, "Man, I don't want to talk to him. Every time, dear God, you say one thing to try to help them out that you see something and it turns into a federal case, a war, and it always turns back on me." Don't even roll your eyes in anybody's direction; just keep looking straight ahead. Make it easy for people to come. Don't you want to be free? We need to walk in that light. "He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now" (1 John 2:9). We're children of light. We talked about that as one of the problems in the church, that whispering and gossiping and that stuff that goes on in darkness. Don't you see? Don't you understand for a moment that anything that's in darkness is satanic? "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." The Scripture goes on to say. "But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus…cleanseth us from all sin" (1 John1:7).
We talked last session about the fact that you may not even be the one that's verbalizing it. I'll show you Scripture in just a moment, but the Bible says if you listen to anything that is other than edifying, you are classified a liar-a liar by hearing-powerful passage. We kind of laughingly said, but I thought it was one of the most powerful things we said in the last session, and that's the fact that some of us seem to feel very proud of the fact that we can be entrusted to keep gossip. People can come and dump all the gossip on me because they know I'm faithful to remain in darkness. Remember that comment we made? "I trust you to stay in darkness." Hey, we are children of light and you just called them a child of the devil. That's powerful, think about that.
We saw that within the church, we're facing these particular aspects. We talked about slanderers in our last session and we're not going to go back and spend a lot of time on that. Proverbs 10:18 says, "He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth slander is a fool." The word "slander" means to defame or to bring an evil report. We talked about talebearers, and I think that's where we left off in our last session; the talebearer being a whisperer, a scandalmonger, the inability to cover with love. We just have to take that information and pass it on to somebody else. It's just in us. That natural attitude of Adam that somehow if we can put people down in our eyes, it makes us rise higher and look bigger and look better.