1 John 4:7-21 No Truer Words

HIS love never fails. I ask Lord that You teach me to love like You do.

God IS Love! Not the Hallmark greeting card love nor the hearts and flowers floating around the head. He is the ever present, all consuming, and ALWAYS working for our best kind of love.

John has been stressing this point all through his letter. God is love and anyone who does not love, even his brother, is NOT of God. God loved us first so we could know love. And He expects us to pass that love along to others.

“God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (verse 16b). So what does that look like lived out?

 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a). Read more »

1 John 4:1-6 Test The Spirits

When God’s Spirit lives in you, He recognizes His own.

John cautions his readers to not be deceived by everyone that comes along. Test what you hear. Does it proclaim Jesus as God’s Son? If not RUN the other way!

In John’s experience and in ours there are many who claim to be “sharing a word from God” but are really enemies in disguise. John, through the Holy Spirit, gives us an expert text to determine where the prophecy or word is coming from.

“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God” (verses 2-3). That is a pretty simple yet accurate test. But how do I employ this “test?” Read more »

1 John 3:11-24 By This We Know

If you’ve done it unto the least of these you’ve done it unto Me.

John continues to share the prime commandment; love one another just as Jesus has loved us. But “love” is not just a word. It is actions behind those words.

I LOVE how the Holy Spirit lays the groundwork for our time together! I’ve read this letter from John before but I didn’t know what was on the agenda next when I was writing yesterday. My comment about the people on the street corners and in the parking lots asking for money goes right along with today’s message. Don’t love in word only but in deed also. Read more »

1 John 2:28-3:10 A Reflection

BIG shoes to fill but I want to be just like my Father. I’m His little girl and He keeps me growing.

John cautions us, God’s children, about how our lives are to be a reflection of Him. Those who are His children practice righteousness. Those that don’t aren’t His children.

There is a difference between messing up and committing a sin and practicing sin. One is an occasional happening that it addressed right away while the other is a habitual practice. Yes! We are going to make mistakes and slips into sin. But when we “live there” and refuse to walk away from sin, we do not belong to Him.

“By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother” (verse 10). “Practicing righteousness” is not how you become God’s child but it is evidence of the changed life of God’s children. Read more »

1 John 2:18-27 NOT The Jesus

One, yet three. You can’t have one without the others.

John is warning his readers about those who would try and convince others that they were the Christ or that Jesus wasn’t. That is the meaning of the term antichrist.

ANYONE, whoever they may be, who says that Jesus Christ is not the Messiah, the one and only begotten Son of God, is an antichrist. Peter, James, John and hundreds of others witnessed the TRUE Christ and have been sharing that experience with us for thousands of years. Read more »