Today you should read: 1 John 3:1-10
I love John’s simple, helpful approach to something that can seem so complicated: the Christian life. I also love the way John is consistent. He agrees with what he says in other parts of scripture, namely his gospel. 1 John and John have many similar undertones along with theological teachings. 1 John is summarized for new Christians, while John is a more thorough historical account. That said, these three breakdown points stated below find much agreement with John’s gospel. And here are their parallels (this list could be much more exhaustive, but I wanted to give a teaser):
1) God’s love for us in Christ is overwhelming and incomprehensible. (v.1-2a, 16a)
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
2) God’s love for us in Christ gives us present and future hope. (v.2-3, 8b-9, 19-22, 24)
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:3
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. John 14:16-18
3) God’s love for us in Christ demands a reciprocal response. (v.4-24)
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
As for point 3, I’ve often asked myself what that should look like. We have to show the world Jesus. We have to be an aid and encouragement to the body of Christ. How is this best done? I often run to a book that has changed my life and helps me think through this. It’s Donald S. Whitney’s Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, and the ten questions he poses are what have been used of the Lord to help me live my life in response to God’s great love for me. Maybe they’ll help you as well. Blessings on your day, friends!
Do you thirst for God?
Are you governed increasingly by God’s Word?
Are you more loving?
Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?
Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
Do you delight in the Bride of Christ?
Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?
Do you still grieve over sin?
Are you a quicker forgiver?
Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?
Posted by: Todd Thomas