November 28/2John

Verse 1 > Not only is John and elder in the faith of Christ he is the oldest and last of the Apostles. He is probably close to 100 yrs old at the writing of this letter. Unlike in most sports where you are labeled as old and past your prime when you pass your 35th birthday, the Christian is like a fine wine that gets better with age. To age well like John we must stay close to Jesus by staying in the Word of God and obeying it. An athlete might not be useful to the team once they reach a certain age but We can be useful to the Lord no matter what our age.

The chosen lady is probably another Church that John has helped to start. John loves these people dearly and he always wants them to know the truth. True love points people to the truth.

Verse 2 > Remember that truth is a person and that person is always with us.

John 14:16–17 (NLT) — 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 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.

John 14:16–17 (NLT) — 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 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.

Verse 3 > when we are living for Jesus we can always count on His grace, mercy and peace to fill our lives.

Verse 4 > If our children are going to live for Jesus we must teach them the scriptures and model it before them. If Jesus is important to us there is a good chance that Jesus will be important to our children. If Jesus isn’t important to us well… Don’t you want to meet people who out of blue say, ” I saw your children the other day. It must thrill your heart that they are living for the Lord.”

Psalm 112 (NLT) — 1 Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. 2 Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. 3 They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. 4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. 5 Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. 6 Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. 7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. 8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. 9 They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. 10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

Verses 5-6 > We wouldn’t expect to be with John very long until he started talking about loving God and loving others. I guess that is why he is called the “Apostle of Love.” He defines the meaning of Love as doing what the Father has commanded us. Your obedience will tell you if you love God or not.

Verses 7-11 > The Apostle of Love says to stay away from people who try to deceive you. We can’t have close fellowship with people that want to turn us away from believing that Jesus is not only the Son of God but that He is God. Remember that true love is doing what the Father has commanded us. He has commanded that everyone repent of their and turn to Jesus Christ for forgiveness. We can’t have intimate fellowship with those that don’t. It doesn’t mean that we don’t love them but they need to see how seriously we hold to our Christianity. Why would they turn to Jesus if they see us fudging? We love them by not compromising our faith. Jesus never compromised his faith in the Father. Some followed him and some didn’t. But like Jesus we leave the results up to the Father.

1 Peter 2:21–23 (NLT) — 21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. 23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

Verses 12-13 > Long distance correspondence works but how much better to be able to sit down with a group of people and have a heart to heart talk. I think of the Hamilton family that left for Oman. We have texting, emails, and video’s but O how I wish I could sit down with Chris and Rondi and hear their hearts.

Let’s take advantage of the fellowship that we can have with those that are here with us now. Let’s have heart to heart talks about the scriptures and encourage each other to live for Jesus. Let’s help each other to discern the truth so we don’t drift away from it. Let’s spur one another on to love and good deeds. Let’s point out, lovingly, those things that we see that might cause a loved one to lose their appetite for Jesus. Let’s be careful with who we have fellowship with. Let’s be like John the elder and remind each other that real love is obeying the Word of God.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    In verse 10 we are told not to endorse false teachers by inviting them in to fellowship with yourself. What you allow into your fellowship can taint you. That is why Pastor Jeremy and Pastor Dan are careful on who they allow in to preach and prophesy.