Mo 12/4Tu 12/5We 12/6Th 12/7Fr 12/8Sa 12/9Su 12/10
2 Chron. 3–4
1 John 3
2 Chron. 5:1–6:11
1 John 4
2 Chron. 6:12–42
1 John 5
2 Chron. 7
2 John 1
2 Chron. 8
3 John 1
2 Chron. 9
Jude 1
2 Chron. 10
Rev. 1

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

John was known as the Apostle of love. Love is mentioned 39 times in the Gospel of John. Love is mentioned 40 times in the epistles of John and Revelation. The letters of John we read this week are distinct from the other New Testament letters, just as his gospel is distinct from the other three. These letters insist that genuine Christian faith requires that we know Jesus who took on flesh, who lived as a man, who died and was resurrected. But John also insists that the evidence of our Christian faith is shown by how we live, not only by what we know. It is one thing to know that God is the light. That knowledge is tested and proven when we walk in the light and obey His commandments. Christians do not merely assent to the fact that God is righteous. This knowledge compels us to live righteous lives, by the power and leading of the Holy Spirit. It’s easy to say that we love God. But true love to God results in us truly loving our neighbors. The call to all of us is clear, from these three epistles of John: if we love God, then we will keep HIs commandments. All of them. And we will find joy in that glorious work.

VERSES TO MEDITATE ON

This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all, if we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
—1 John 1:5–7

HOW TO PRAY

  • Adoration – “The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.” (1 John 3:24)
  • Confession – “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8–9)
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God that we have eternal and abundant life in Him!
  • Supplication – “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. Little children, guard yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:20–21)

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This post by Paul Belcher

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