In this world we are like Jesus

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. (I Jn. 4:17)

I know I could sure do a better job of THAT!

We need to rise to this challenge as the body of Christ. Now, more than ever.

There is nothing to fear in Christ. Perfect love drives out fear. And this comes from a man who could have know fear, considering how many ways he was tortured over his lifetime.

Lord, let us hear and heed these words today!

 

Loving the World

Was it an old Keith Green song that said, “You love the world, but you’re avoiding Me”?

1 John is clear about NOT loving the world. He gives us examples: craving what the body feels, craving for what the eyes see, and the arrogant pride of one’s possessions. (CEB).

Sounds like it pretty much includes… everything.

What IS loving the world? What DOES the love of the Father look like, and how is that manifested through us to this world?

Spiritual DNA

This is a repost from last year. As I am reading 1 John for “Eat This Book” at our church, I was reminded of the Common English Bible’s rendering of this passage.

9 Those born from God don’t practice sin because God’s DNA remains in them. They can’t sin because they are born from God. 10 This is how God’s children and the devil’s children are apparent: everyone who doesn’t practice righteousness is not from God, including the person who doesn’t love a brother or sister. 11 This is the message that you heard from the beginning: love each other. (I Jn. 3:9-11, CEB)

The life of God is found in abiding in him. Our abiding in him bears fruit. Our NOT abiding in him bears fruit. You can compare the fruit.

Are we living in righteousness? Are we living to please him?

1 John 3:22 is such a great verse… if we ignore v. 23 and 24!

We receive whatever we ask from him because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. (I Jn. 3:22, CEB) What a powerful verse. Take it and run with it!

But don’t forget the verses following…

23 This is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love each other as he commanded us. 24 The person who keeps his commandments remains in God and God remains in him; and this is how we know that he remains in us, because of the Spirit that he has given to us.

Too often we want the rewards of God without the requirements of God.

His commands are simple: Love Jesus. Love your neighbor. When those things are coming out in action then you know you are abiding. Then you can go ahead and ASK.

Am I abiding in my Savior? Am I loving my neighbor? Are my actions portraying the DNA of God… or the DNA of mere humanity?