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1 John 2:15-17 It’s Just STUF’N

It is NOT about what you have but what has your heart. EITHER can bless God or snare you.

John warns us not to get too attached to things of this world. They don’t last and they have no lasting value.

I don’t know about you but I like having good clothes and a reliable car. They don’t have to be top of the line but they have to be something that makes me feel good. As I write this the Spirit it speaking loudly to me! I was not putting down the REAL words that were popping up in my spirit, like “nice” clothes or “make me feel proud.” Those are the words that should have been used for my current attitudes. And those attitudes are WRONG!

But I don’t want to feel embarrassed by the clothes I wear or the car I drive. I don’t want to have people look at me as “the poor street urchin.” Choosing to have nothing of any value can also be just as prideful as desiring the best of everything. It’s all about the attitude. Read more »

1 John 2:7-14 Old and New

Love like Jesus did because He loved you first.

John wants to establish an IMPORTANT fact with his readers. A new but yet old commandment. Love one another!

I wonder if John is writing this letter to address a problem that has arisen in the church. He is focusing quite a bit on Jesus’ commandment of love.

We looked at this commandment the last time we were together. Jesus commanded us to love one another just as He loved us. He also said that this was the culmination, along with the commandment to love God with our whole self, of all the Law. This was Jesus’ central purpose; to bring God’s love to us and to teach us to love like He did in response.

If you hate your brother how can you claim to love Christ? Christ loves even your brother whom you hate. I will confess to personally hating my brother when I was growing up. He Read more »

1 John 2:1-6 How He Walked

THIS is how His children are known.

How do we KNOW that we are saved? How do others know that we are a child of the King? John answers that question; by our life.

John continues his thought from our last reading into this reading also. He continues to remind us of our Advocate. His purpose in writing to us is to warn us away from sin. “But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous” (verse 1b).

I wonder why John said “if” instead of “when”? Even Paul stated that he had trouble with doing things he didn’t want to do because of sin. We are at war with sin in our own lives! And this war continues to the very end; IF we choose to wage it.

Notice I used and “if” there. We can choose not to wage war against sin. If this is our choice then we are not truly a child of the King. Waging this war is how we know the real warriors. Are we trying, and more than not, succeeding in living like He demonstrated and called us to? Read more »

1 John 1:5-10 Central Truth

Let the Holy Spirit brighten your forecast!

John begins his first sharing of this central truth; God is holy and righteous. Our sins separate us. But Jesus addressed this issue for us.

“God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all” (verse 5). The “darkness” and “light” John is referring to isn’t the one you get by moving the position on the light switch. He is talking about sin and holiness. There is NO sin in God. No evil. No malice. Not even a hint of revenge.

Some would ask about God’s jealousy. Yes, God says He is a jealous God but that jealousy is not like ours. He wants to be number one in our hearts. Not because He is conceited but because He knows what is best for each of us. And when we put Him as number one He is able to direct our paths to bring about that best for us. Read more »

1 John 1:1-4 Greetings John

I NEED to learn to do this! I wonder if John had to do this too?

John starts his letter by telling us how REAL his relationship was with Jesus. He saw Him. He touched Him. He walked with Him. And he wasn’t alone in these experiences. But even more amazing than that, God testified of Him and they experienced God’s presence when they were with Jesus.

If you are anything like the rest of us, you have experienced what is called 20/20 hindsight. Something that you had no clue about or didn’t fully understand becomes crystal clear long after it has happened. This is what happened with the disciples walk with Jesus.

YES! They believed He was the Messiah. But so many of the things He said to them didn’t make sense until after His resurrection. This didn’t diminish their experience but once the light was fully on, it completed their understanding. No longer would we hear of arguments of “who is the greatest” or “who will sit on His right and left.” They also quit asking for Jesus to show them the Father. Not because they didn’t want to see Him anymore but they recognized the significance of Jesus and the Father’s relationship. “Whoever has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Read more »