Posts Tagged ‘Love one another’

3 John 5-12 Helping the Brothers

Look at the evidence before committing to follow someone’s example.

John compares the works of three men with regard to how they treat the “brothers.” Two are found in good standing while the last is seriously wanting.

One of the things that John stresses in all his teachings is Jesus’ commandment to love one another. John requires not only lip service but practical service. The intended recipient of this message is one who is being faithful in this commandment. John makes sure to commend him for his acts of love.

But John also mentions two other men by name whom his intended recipient interacts with. The first is a condemnation and the second a commendation. Read more »

2 John 12-13 In Closing

What’s your note say today? Mine says I LOVE YOU! Bet one of yours does too.

John closes his short letter with a desire to see this body in person. This isn’t the end of the things John wants to address, but the end of what he feels comfortable writing about.

I’m wondering what it was that John wanted to address in person. Was it something pleasant? Was it a correction that this body alone needed? Was it simply to see long lost friends and catch up? Whatever it was, the Holy Spirit felt we would not need it for our lives today. Otherwise He would have had John put it to paper for us too. 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 2:7-14 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 »