THE KEY TO A UNIFIED RELATIONSHIP
In a unified relationship you are required to walk both in the light and in the truth. The two are parts of the same concept. Christ is our light. He promised that those who follow Him will not walk in darkness (John 8:12). In His light, we see truth, live the truth, and speak the truth. The Holy Spirit is the inner light who helps us see what that means for each relationship and circumstance. Walking in His light and truth is the only possible basis for true unity. John puts it clearly, “If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another” (1 John 1:7). Nothing debilitates a deep relationship more than pretense—dishonesty with the light of His Word and counsel. Too easily we project a “pretend person” to others. To attempt to pretend that we are other than we are brings stiffness and strain into relationships. Others are either put off, or, in response, pretend as well. Walking in truth of light shows us who we really are; yes, our weaknesses, but also our security in Christ. The key to having great relationships is vulnerability, allowing people to know us as growing, though sometimes failing, yet always as Spirit-motivated people. Unity—true, practical love—happens when we walk in the light and in the truth.