[CF Devotionals] 2012-10-24 - 1 John 4: Introduction

The Epistles of John ~ Part 71 ~ 1 John

When couples first come to me for counseling, they frequently fall into the trap of thinking that at the conclusion to the process, all their problems will be solved. Unfortunately, or fortunately depending on your perspective, this isn't the case.

The counseling process is one in which we identify major issues that affect the relationship between husband and wife. We look at family dynamics that are interfering with family harmony. Past issues of abuse may also be factors that affect current struggles. And aside from medical factors, the core of most of these struggles is spiritual and an inaccurate way of looking at life.

"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Romans 12:2).

On the other hand, often the world's systems, while identifying the sources of struggles, teach clients they are victims, and consequently they have no responsibility for their struggles. Even worse, what is clearly sin is excused, and the client is encouraged to adjust and accept sin as acceptable. And for those who don't want to see things from God's point of view, this is great. This means it's okay to "Let it all hang out."

The false prophets were also offering a very appealing system to the believers of John's day. They taught that it didn't matter how one lived once you were saved. This meant it was okay to "Let it all hang out."

To be continued.

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