Monday, 23 September 2013

1 John 3

In verse 1, it talks about the love of God, the love that is everlasting and that is not partial. Jesus is the very image of love. God is love. God sent His only Son to save us, the people of the world which is filled with sin and mischief to give us everlasting life with Him in the end. That is love. Jesus was created for this very purpose, to save us from sin (John 12:47).

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV)

Satan was here from the very beginning and we see that in the Garden of Eden. It is his plan to carry everyone to the flames of fire with him so that we would not have a chance to have eternal life with God. Satan is a thief and he is out to destroy us and to sift us as wheat (John 10:10, Luke 22:31). Whoever is born of God, does not commit sin seen in verse 9. Sin is of the devil (John 8:44).

The children of God are known through their fruits (Matthew 7:16-20), by the things that we do, say and think. We should have the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) and be pure and holy as God is   ( 1 Peter 1:16). No greater love has been shown than when Jesus laid down His life for us, His friends ( John 15:15).

Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. John 15:13 (NKJV)

Does this world really have significance to us at the end on judgement day? This world and its material stuff will fade away in comparison to the glory of God (Mark 8:36). We should focus on God and not fame and the praise of men (Matthew 6:19-21).

We should not only speak of love but we should put it into our daily lives and into our actions reflecting the character of Jesus Christ (James 2:26). We need to know who God is even as He knows us (Psalms 139:1). He knows us better than we know ourselves. God is omniscient, all knowing. He knows your needs and is more than able to provide them (Philippians 4:19). By following His commandments and His will, He will do it for you (John 15:7).

Father, I pray that we would know Your love, that You would show us how to love You and our neighbours as ourselves. That we would demonstrate Your love to others, we would not only speak of it because faith without works is dead. Let Your light be seen in and through us. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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