Wednesday, March 11, 2009

1 John 2:28-3:10 "A True Heart Set On Love"

Read 1 John 2:28-3:10.

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" NIV
This passage is a "Therefore" section of the book up to this point. We have been taught by the Word and walk in His light. If we do not walk as Christ walked, we are not of Him and need to confess. How did Jesus walk? - in love toward all men. He did not love the world, nor the things in it, but loved people. He lived out the Truth and now that Truth lives in us and we should never listen to anyone who says otherwise.

Therefore, the Father has lavished His love on us to make us His children, and we now are to live lives of purity for Him. Do we do that through totally sinless lives? No. We will all sin, but what separates the Truth-follower from those who play church is whether you occasionally succumb to temptation or you continually seek out sin. If you are seeking it, Christ cannot be in you because He does not dwell in the hearts of those who do not desire what He desires. Living in complete 180 degree contrast to the character of Christ just displays a self-gratifying, self-loving value and does not fall in line with the "right" of Christ.

"How great is the love the Father has lavished upon us...." And I want to lavish my love on Him with my life.

Further Thoughts:
  1. What is a biblical definition of love?
  2. Do you desire sin and actively pursue it? Why? Do you truly want to be a disciple of Jesus Christ?
  3. Look up passages where Jesus addresses sin and it's desires.
  4. Listen to this amazing song about God's lavishing love.

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