Monday, December 11, 2017

the whole thing

There's just so many things that stuck out for me in this chapter.

Just read the whole thing - there's too many things that stand out as pivotal truth.

1 John 5

1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. 

And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too.

2 We know we love God's children if we love God and obey his commandments.

3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, 

and we achieve this victory through our faith.

5 And who can win this battle against the world? 

Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

  6 And Jesus Christ was revealed as God's Son by his baptism in water and by shedding his blood on the cross—not by water only, but by water and blood. 

And the Spirit, who is truth, confirms it with his testimony.

7 So we have these three witnesses—8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all three agree.

9 Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. 

And God has testified about his Son.

10 All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. 

Those who don't believe this are actually calling God a liar 

because they don't believe what God has testified about his Son.

  11 And this is what God has testified: 

He has given us eternal life, 

and this life is in his Son.

12 Whoever has the Son has life; 

whoever does not have God's Son does not have life.

13 I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, 

so that you may know you have eternal life.

14 And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases him.

15 And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for.

  16 If you see a Christian brother or sister sinning in a way that does not lead to death, 

you should pray, 

and God will give that person life. 

But there is a sin that leads to death, 

and I am not saying you should pray for those who commit it.

17 All wicked actions are sin, 

but not every sin leads to death.

  18 We know that God's children do not make a practice of sinning, 

for God's Son holds them securely, 

and the evil one cannot touch them.

19 We know that we are children of God 

and that the world around us is under the control of the evil one.

20 And we know that the Son of God has come, 

and he has given us understanding so that we can know the true God. 

And now we live in fellowship with the true God because we live in fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ. 

He is the only true God, 

and he is eternal life.

  21 Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God's place in your hearts.

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Tax collectors & other notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus teach. This made the Pharisee & teachers of religious law complain that he was associating with such despicable people - even eating with them. Luke 15:1-2

Are we so filled with the Holy Spirit & model the love & personality of Jesus so much that the "notorious sinners" of pour day & time want to be around us?

And how would that happen? Maybe John can tell us...

1 John 4

7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, 

for love comes from God. 

Anyone who loves is a child of God 

and knows God.

8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, 

for God is love.

  9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world 

so that we might have eternal life through him.

10 This is real love—not that we loved God, 

but that he loved us 

and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

  11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, 

we surely ought to love each other.

12 No one has ever seen God. 

But if we love each other, 

God lives in us, 

and his love is brought to full expression in us.

  13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us.

14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, 

and they live in God.

16 We know how much God loves us, 

and we have put our trust in his love.

  God is love, 

and all who live in love live in God, 

and God lives in them.

17 And as we live in God, 

our love grows more perfect. 

So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, 

but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

  18 Such love has no fear, 

because perfect love expels all fear. 

If we are afraid, 

it is for fear of punishment, 

and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

19 We love each other because he loved us first.

20 If someone says, "I love God," but hates a Christian brother or sister, 

that person is a liar; 

for if we don't love people we can see, 

how can we love God, 

whom we cannot see?

21 And he has given us this command: 

Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.

There you have it.

Read & heed.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

seeing & refusing

1 John 3:17

 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need and refuses to help—how can God’s love be in that person? (NLT)

But if anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? (Amplified)

Suppose a believer who is rich enough to have all the necessities of life sees a fellow believer who is poor and does not have even basic needs. What if the rich believer does not help the poor one? Then it is clear that God’s love is not in that person’s heart. (ERV)

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? (ESV)

 But as for the well-to-do man who sees his brothers in want but shuts his eyes—and his heart—how could anyone believe that the love of God lives in him? (J B Phillips)

 If you see some brother or sister in need and have the means to do something about it but turn a cold shoulder and do nothing, what happens to God’s love? It disappears. And you made it disappear. (The Message)

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? (NIV)

If a person owns the kinds of things we need to make it in the world but refuses to share with those in need, is it even possible that God’s love lives in him? (The Voice)

How does our basic attitude today toward low income & no income people stack up against this verse in 1 John?

The current thought is that they are that was because they are lazy, or losers, or "working the system", or just plain sorry, & we are simply not responsible for such low life people.

All I know is what this verse says.

And the very next verse only adds to our responsibility...

Let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. (NLT) 1 John 3:18

Think about it today...

Friday, December 8, 2017

obey is the operative word

1 John 2

1 My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. 

But if anyone does sin, 

we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. 

He is Jesus Christ, 

the one who is truly righteous.

2 He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins;

and not only our sins 

but the sins of all the world.

3 And how can we be sure that we know him?

By obeying his commandments.

4 If someone claims, "I know God," but doesn't obey God's commandments,

 that person is a liar 

and is not living in the truth.

5 But those who obey God's word truly show how completely they love him.

 That is how we know we are living in him.

6 Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

If we say we belong to God, we will obey what He says to be or do, no matter what.

Sometimes obeying doesn't make sense.

Sometimes it's really hard.

And sometimes it does make sense & is relatively easy to be & do.

I've experienced both, & everything in between, it seems

But the bottom line is that no matter what the situation is, if we say we follow Jesus, we are mandated to obey.

obey is defined as, "to comply with the command, direction, or request of (a person or a law); submit to the authority of"

Yeah, that sounds like what we're supposed to be & do as followers of Jesus.

Let's obey Him, no matter what happens.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

quiet, steady words

Quiet, steady words in a time in a world where we have neither...

1 John 1

5 This is the message we heard from Jesus 

and now declare to you: 

God is light, 

and there is no darkness in him at all.

6 So we are lying if we say we have fellowship with God but go on living in spiritual darkness; 

we are not practicing the truth.

7 But if we are living in the light, 

as God is in the light, 

then we have fellowship with each other, 

and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

  8 If we claim we have no sin, 

we are only fooling ourselves 

and not living in the truth.

9 But if we confess our sins to him, 

he is faithful 

and just 

to forgive us our sins 

and to cleanse us from all wickedness.

10 If we claim we have not sinned, 

we are calling God a liar 

and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

keep on

This is Jesus speaking here...

 Luke 11

9 "And so I tell you, 

keep on asking, 

and you will receive what you ask for. 

Keep on seeking, 

and you will find. 

Keep on knocking, 

and the door will be opened to you.

10 For everyone who asks, 


Everyone who seeks, 


And to everyone who knocks, 

the door will be opened.

The operative words in those verses are "keep on..."

iow, don't stop,

don't give up,

don't get discouraged & quit,

move forward no matter what happens,

don't.... whatever.

Who needs to hear that right now?

Who thinks quit looks good?

Who's ready to roll over & die?


Keep on...

Tuesday, December 5, 2017


Luke 10

25 One day an expert in religious law stood up to test Jesus by asking him this question: 

"Teacher, what should I do to inherit eternal life?"

  26 Jesus replied, 

"What does the law of Moses say? How do you read it?"

  27 The man answered, 

"'You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, 

all your soul, 

all your strength, 

and all your mind.' 


'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"

  28 "Right!" Jesus told him. "Do this and you will live!"

Here's another account of the very essence of life being boiled down to 2 concepts, & just four words.

Love God, love others


Everything else is just window dressing.

Think about that today.

All day today, no matter what happens, remind yourself that you paramount role is to find expression of this basic fact...

our job is to love God & love others.

We don't have to be any number of things, or do any number of things.

We just have to focus on loving God, & loving others.

I wonder what our individual lives would be like if we did this?

I wonder what our world would be like as a result?