1 John 3 and a message from the Holy Spirit
What is written in 1John 3 is one of the messages that I need to hear all the time, to keep me strong. I needed to hear it today. Maybe you do to, so I am sharing it along….and it is 1John 3 in the NLT version. I must admit that I use the NKJV, I feel closer to the Geneva 1599, but I run to the NLT version or the Tyndale paraphrase at times when I urgently need to hear the Word in plain colloquial….
But when I receive messages from the Holy Spirit, I must admit that the language is not “colloquial”. I woke up very early this morning with a vision of a book, and on the book was written a title, – it said “KNOWETH ALL“. I fell back asleep (tired, chronic health problems and I take care of my husband who is severely disabled) and I woke up with the words “faithful friend and servant” ringing in my ears. I know I that I feel “awe”. This was one of those messages that was simple and brief in size, but tremendous and powerful. I am still not sure of what it all means….of what it is telling me to do…
A few nights ago I heard Jesus speak to me, and he said one thing : “Be not afraid, for the body will seek to substantiate the fear“. I am sharing these messages with you, perhaps these also speak to you ….
1 John 3
3 See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. 2 Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. 3 And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
4 Everyone who sins is breaking God’s law, for all sin is contrary to the law of God. 5 And you know that Jesus came to take away our sins, and there is no sin in him. 6 Anyone who continues to live in him will not sin. But anyone who keeps on sinning does not know him or understand who he is.
7 Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. 8 But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. 9 Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life[a] is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. 10 So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers[b] does not belong to God.
Love One Another
11 This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? Because Cain had been doing what was evil, and his brother had been doing what was righteous. 13 So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters,[c] if the world hates you.
14 If we love our Christian brothers and sisters,[d] it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister[e] is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.
16 We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister[f] in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?
18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. 19 Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. 20 Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.
21 Dear friends, if we don’t feel guilty, we can come to God with bold confidence. 22 And we will receive from him whatever we ask because we obey him and do the things that please him.
23 And this is his commandment: We must believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as he commanded us. 24 Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.
- What’s To Be Done With Our Sinning Brother? (fallanddie.com)
- How to know God works for you? (Isaiah 64:4) (kzlam36.wordpress.com)
- A Holy Desire to NEVER sin again! (bigpreacher.wordpress.com)
- Salvation, Atonement, and Redemption (It’s not that complicated!) (pilgrimpassing.com)