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“the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.”
1 John 5:8
The Holy and Divine, along with the human, point us to Jesus.


“This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.”

1 John 5:6

From water and blood, both human and divine, explained by the Spirit of God Himself, and not just human definition. Truth tells Jesus’s story.

What can take place with our continual willingness, and the Spirit’s help? The replacement of anything that is not love with love.  Replace fear with love.  Make love a driving force in our spiritual, physical, emotional, and thought lives.

I think of Romans where it says to “Let love be without hypocrisy.  Abhor what is evil.  Cling to what is good.” (Romans 12:9 NKJ).  Love, and specifically God’s love in our daily walk, allows us to do this, for we can’t do it alone.  It is so easy to be overcome with the evil with the world, to feel that it is unavoidable in its ability to penetrate our thought life and create fear.  In the world, when we are like Jesus, we are closer to having no fear.  A complete dependence, reliance, and trust in God makes the replacing “anything that isn’t love with love” process more doable.  A heightened acknowledgement, appreciation, respect, and dependence on Jesus leads to a life in God.  This awareness of Jesus allows us to better rely on God’s love.

It is helpful to remember that John’s words are all the more meaningful because he was helping Christians to overcome false teaching that minimized Jesus, that lessened his importance to salvation, and downgraded his relationship with God and with man.  On the contrary, John teaches, one can not fully understand and take part in the love that God has for us without being fully engaged with his Son.

{Meditations on 1 John 4:13-18}

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.”

1 John 4:13

God’s love is made tangible in us by His Spirit in us.  The Spirit produces evidence of a life in Him.

“They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them.”
1 John 4:5

The world speaks and listens in opposition to the Spirit of God and in opposition to Jesus.  Jesus came into the world, and yet in all of his fleshy-ness, did not succumb to the world.  We are called to listen to Jesus as opposed to the world.

1 John 3:19-24

Often, there is a phrase or two in the Bible that jump out at me.  I like to tuck them away and keep them close, ready on the tip of my tongue, strings of my heart, top of my mind.  “Set our hearts at rest in his presence” is one of those phrases.  I know how it feels to be both well rested and ill at ease.  I like rest much better!  His presence has a way – unlike anything else – of bringing rest.  The rest may not entirely be physical, but if we can abide in spiritual and emotional rest, we can get by until that next good nights sleep. 

Daily, we can feel condemnation  – one such reason why feelings are not the gateway to rest!   On those days we can take heart in knowing that God is greater than our feelings, than our mere humanly hearts and that He knows everything.  The good, the great, the bad, the downright ugly.  He knows it all and still, lovingly, invites rest.  I love the contrast here.  If we are not condemned, then we shall stand confident!  But not in our own  efforts, but rather in our gracious God.

 “Receiving from him anything we ask,” interesting.  Are God and Santa Claus alike?  Do I merely make a list of requested items and if I am on the nice list, with my littler heart sitting at rest in His presence, then I get what’s on my list?  I had to mull on this one for a while.  The second part of this statement is just as important as the first – “because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.”  Our hearts are most at rest in his presence  when we respect that presence with wholeheartedness in keeping His commands and doing what pleases him.  Keeping commands is equated with living with God.  You can do one without acknowledging the other.  But, good news!  We don’t have to go it alone.  There is a constant encouragement to both look to and maintain obedience to these commands from the Spirit.   There is continual battle between good and evil.  With a focus on God’s commands and abiding in them, we can abide with Him amidst that battle and find rest. 

{Meditations on 1 John 3:19-24}

“The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”                                                                                                                                                                         1 John 3:24

The Spirit is a constant, helpful companion to stay in step with God’s commands.