LIGHT, LOVE, LIFE
Suggested Reading: 1 John 1-3
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Key Verse: 1 John 3:2
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
Eight times in the first two chapters, John gives reasons as to his purpose in writing this letter to all of us. (1) Joy (2) Stop sinning (3) Love one another (4) Children (5) Fathers (6) Young men (7) God’s will (8) Truth vs. lies. These are all practical instructions so that “We may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28b). John describes the essence or nature of God’s Being in three ways. Firstly, LIGHT – No darkness in Him (1:5). Secondly, LOVE – “He who does not love does not know God” (4:8). And thirdly, LIFE – “He who has the Son has life” (5:12a).
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, thank You for the promise that I “shall be like Him” when I “see Him as He is!” I pray that as I move toward that blessed time, I will grow more and more into Your likeness as I “walk in the light” of Your Word daily! I ask this in the Name of the One Who declared, “I am the Light of the world,” Jesus Christ Himself! Amen!!!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
Last evening Norma-Jean, her brother Glen Rutledge and I sat together in a great Sunday evening service at the Victory Church here in Lakeland, Florida. Pastor Blackburn read from the Scriptures the story of the nobleman from Capernaum who travelled to Cana, where Jesus had turned the water into wine, in order to ask Jesus to heal his son who was at “the point of death.” When this father returned, making the 15-mile journey back home, he discovered that his son was well. John wrote in his Gospel these words: “So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, ‘your son lives.’ And he himself believed and his whole household” (Read John 4:46-54). At the close of his message, our Pastor invited anyone who needed Jesus to heal them to come forward for prayer. I believe that my health began to be restored at that church altar on a Sunday evening last October. Now I’m full of energy, and I believe I am healed of the condition that I was told would take my life. So I went up again to the altar to pray with others. For more than an hour we just basked in the presence of Jesus. No one wanted to go home. God only knows what He accomplished in people’s lives. One thing I do know, Jesus was very present! He promised that “Where two or three are gathered in My Name, there I am in the midst of them.” John’s Gospel and his three letters we have in our Bibles are all about Jesus!!!
Yours with our hearts and minds on the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ!