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“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. ”

1 John 4:20

John’s sucker punch on fellowship: our love for one another that we can see directly reflects our love for God.  Or lack there of.  Truth and a lackluster love can not co-exist.

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“If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”

1 John 3:20

Whenever our hearts condemn us, we become our own powerful enemy.  Counter the enemy with truth.  Side with He who knows everything.

 


“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

1 John 3:18

With God’s truths guiding us, we are to actively live, show, give, act, and do in love.


John warns the disciples to be aware that there have been and will be those that are anti-Christ. The denial may be verbal, or non-verbal, but their actions will demonstrate a life-style that opposes Christ. Such people have come and are coming. They may even appear to be with the group, but their failure to commit or remain, there lack of belonging to the truth, will identify them as being opposed to Christ. Christ is the ultimate example of remaining – he appeared to his disciples after resurrection Sunday – personally appearing first to bind the broken hearted Mary Magdalene.

The believers addressed by John were shaken up by the division among their group, by those who lifestyle denied Jesus as Christ and as God the Father. John makes such a powerful point in verse 22, that those who deny Jesus as the Christ –the King sent by God to redeem – also in turn denies God as Father. One, therefore, does not get to pick and choose convictions on Jesus, on whether he is the Christ, and on God, on whether he is the Father. You either commit to the whole shebang or you don’t.

Despite the dark undertones of talk on anti-christs, John continually writes to lift up and encourage. The spotlight remains on God’s truth. Every believer, especially when rocked by division in their own fellowship, can benefit from the assurance that they know and have the truth, and the challenge to not let that truth be compromised by the actions, or lack of actions of others. John reiterates his earlier profession of the purity of God’s message -there is no falsehood, in him there is no darkness. Through his anointing, we take part in that purity, we become one with that truth, and are challenged to remain in that truth. Trust and rely on that pure truth and cling to God, particularly through the trials that try to separate believers from God and believers from one another.

{Meditations on 1 John 2:18-22}


“I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.”
1 John 2:21

John writes to reinforce Christians effected by division amongst their fellowship. Encouragingly, he reminds them that they are equipped with truth of which there is no falsehood.


“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.”
1 John 20

We are chosen, not by our own means, but by the Holy One, to seek and know truth. We are to encourage and spur one another on to seeking, living, and remaining in truth. This scripture follows John’s warning about those who left the group of believers he is addressing – be watchful and mindful of why people leave, respectfully question whether they are pursuing truth.


If John’s previous verses direct us to the good, pure, illuminating character of God, then verses 3-6 of chapter 2 gives a shot of “this is how you do it practically.” Ultimately, God wants a heart that is steadfastly focused on Him. The fruit of this heart is a life that more so reflects God and his son, as opposed to anyone or anything else, lived out practically day to day.

John counsels against lip service, it isn’t enough to merely say or claim a walk with God, we are called to have an obedience to back it up. This is a supremely high calling. As I studied this all week and heard the Bible and let its words sink in, I was tempted to feel discouraged. To walk as Jesus walked? C’mom Man! That is tough. If I don’t obey, I am a liar and the truth is not in me? Good grief, why even try, if I risk trying, failing, and then being a phony? I wrestled, I tousled, I love the Bible so much but what to do when I struggle to live it? I prayed. And felt better. Yes, Jesus walked without sinning. No, I will not walk just like that.

I meditated on the heart and spirit of Jesus, what truly, deeply characterized him? A wholehearted dependence on God. Now, that’s something I can strive for. There isn’t a question of whether I will always obey or not, because I won’t. If I ruminate on that, then I get really discouraged. More importantly, if I focus on and LIVE out how Jesus lived, with a wholehearted dependence on God, then I understand that a godly live is worth striving for, practically, day to day. Because God is present. Jesus stands, ready and willing to intercede and get involved, personally. A life lived with God is dependent on a passionate dependence on God. This is how I may truly walk as Jesus did, and share in a love completed by him.

{Meditations on 1 John 2:3-6}