About Jesus - Steve Sweetman
Kenny Rogers' song
"Day-time Friends - Night-time Lovers" hit number one on
Billboard's country chart in 1977. Despite
the title of this article, I will not comment on how a day-time friend
becomes a night-time lover. I'll
leave that to Kenny Rogers to explain.
I will, however, comment on what the apostle John called a
John's first letter
was written to Christians in need of some encouragement.
Their community of believers had been ripped apart by heretics with
their divisive and destructive false doctrines.
It appears that John's Christian readers began to question their
faith in Jesus because of the confusing mess left behind by the heretics.
John's intent in writing this letter was to contrast the
characteristics of a real Christian with those of a false Christian.
His hope, then, was to re-affirm the validity of his readers' faith
in Jesus. One such character
trait of a real believer is found in 1 John 2:10.
The CSB version of this verse reads:
"The one who
loves his brother or sister remains in the light, and there is no cause
for stumbling in him."
The character trait
of a real Christian seen in this verse is that he or she lives in the
light of God's love and does nothing to cause a fellow believer to be
tripped up in his or her walk of faith
"loves" in the phrase "the one who loves" is a Greek
present participle. It's not a
verb as we read in our English text. This
emphasizes one "being a lover" and not just one performing an
occasional "act of love." There
is a difference between one being a full-time lover and one performing
acts of love every now and then.
lovers realize that their words and subsequent behaviour impact the lives
of those to whom they are placed alongside in the Body of Christ.
Due to their new nature in Christ, their heart's desire is to edify
and encourage all who cross their paths.
They are careful in what they say and how they say it.
They are swift to hear and slow to speak, as James 1:19 states.
They promote others over themselves.
Yes, they will fail at times to exhibit their full-time lover
capabilities, but at the core of who they are, they are full-time lovers
of the brotherhood of Christ. In
this they confirm what Jesus said to be true in their lives.
"By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you
love one another" (John 13:35).