12No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. (1 John 4:7-21)

 

Dyslexia is a condition that causes a person to see things backward. For instance, the word G-O-D looks like D-O-G to a dyslexic person. This can be a serious problem because there’s a big difference between God and a dog.

Spiritual dyslexia is found in religious people, causing them to see the truths of God backward. Religious people believe everything happens because of them, but the Bible says everything happens because of God. First John 4:12 is a perfect example of this. Religious people want God to dwell in them, so they try to love others, thinking that will cause His love to dwell in them. But that is just the opposite of what John said.

Loving others doesn’t cause God to dwell in us or love us; having God dwell in us and experiencing His love causes us to love others. Our acts of holiness don’t cause God to love us, but experiencing His love causes us to act holy. This is the difference between religion and true Christianity.

Religion tells us what we must do to be right with God. True Christianity tells us that we are right with God through our faith in Christ, and right actions just naturally follow. We can’t walk in the Spirit by denying the flesh any more than we can bring light into a room by shoveling out the darkness. We must turn on the light to drive the darkness away. Likewise, we must walk in the Spirit to keep from fulfilling the lust of the flesh. (Gal. 5:16)

You can’t give away what you don’t have! To set someone else free, you must be free. Let the Lord fill you with His love today, and you’ll automatically love others. Walk in the Spirit, and you won’t fulfill the lust of the flesh.