Pretending is not a mark of maturity

The world will not believe that God loves sinners until they see His love at work in His children’ lives.  A Salvation Army worker found a poor, destitute woman alone on the street and invited her to come into the chapel for help, but the woman refused to move. The worker as … More


Notice that John says it is love “perfected” which gives us confidence in the day of judgment (v. 17). The day of judgment is that time when all people will appear before Christ and be held accountable for their actions in this life. With God living in us through Christ , we have no reason to fear that day (v. 18). Instead we can look forward to the day of judgment, because it will mean the end of sin and the beginning of a face to face relationship with Jesus Christ. If we ever are afraid of the future eternity, or God’s judgment we can remind ourselves of God’s love. God’s love is the source of all human love (v. 19). It is easy to pretend we love God when that love doesn’t cost us anything. However the real test of our love for God is how we treat family members and fellow believers (vv. 20-21). One of the greatest needs today is honesty and not pretending to be something we are not.

Pretending is one of the favorite activities of little children, but it is certainly not a mark of maturity in adults.  Spiritual honesty will bring peace and power to the person who practices it. He knows that God loves him and accepts him (with all his faults) and he has no reason to to impress others.


When is the last time I tried to impress someone with my spirituality? I need to realize that when I do this I am actually telling a lie as I do it. Lord help me to be real!!

I John 4:13-21 (English Standard Version)

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