The apostle John mentions six types of liars in his short five-chapter
book of 1 John.
#1: People who say they’re Christians but actually walk in
#2: People who claim they haven’t sinned because they've
redefined sin according to culture’s standards.
#3: People who claim to know Jesus but don’t obey Him.
#4: People who claim to walk in light while hating their brothers.
“Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or
sister is still in the darkness” (1 John 2:9 NIV).
If we can’t love Christians from different backgrounds, denominations,
races and cultures, we don’t know Christ.
If we don’t love those who drive us nuts, those who get on our nerves
and even those who ridicule us, we’re lying when we say we love
That’s why Christ says:
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.
Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God”
(1 John 4:7 NIV).
Pause for a moment and think about that one person you find it most
difficult to love.
Do you realize that your love for God is measured by how much you
love that person?
“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a
liar” (1 John 4:20 NIV).
Ask God to bring to your mind any bitterness or unforgiving spirit you
be holding against someone. When he brings that person to your
mind, will you release this to Him?
Be willing to pray, “Father, I’m so sorry I haven’t completely forgiven
so-and- so. But right now, I choose to forgive. And in Your power, help
my feelings to match my words.”
You may not immediately FEEL that you have forgiven the one who
has hurt you. But keep praying, “Father, I choose to forgive. Help my
feelings to match my words. I’m consciously choosing to forgive.”
God is faithful!
And eventually He’ll bring your feelings and your words into
Please pray for me as I speak in Kingfisher, OK this weekend.