Confidence of eternal life is our privilege - if our trust is in the true Jesus of the Bible.
If God is love, then loving one another is an obvious outworking of his love to us in Jesus.
John warns about those who claim to have a word from God just for you. He calls the church to test the spirits and shows them how they can know if they’re hearing God’s voice, or a false prophet’s.
Love is not an option for those who follow Jesus. Because we are called to follow in his footsteps as an expression of our relationship with him.
Staying connected to Jesus gives us all we need for the life we long for. Confidence replaces shame. Intimacy with Jesus drives out sin. We find meaning and purpose for the life God designed us to live.
There are many things in life where it doesn’t really matter if you cut corners, skim the instructions or get it wrong here and there. But if there’s one thing you want to get right in life, it’s Jesus…. He’s the difference between life and death.
Don’t give in to the world that we have overcome in Christ.
How do we know if we know and love God? John tells us we know by living like Jesus did: Keeping God’s commands to love each other the way Jesus loved us.
The answer to that question starts with God and the fact that God is light and ends with Jesus who takes on our darkness to allow us to have a relationship with God.
The simple joy of the Christian life is that relationship with God comes to us through the witness to Jesus we find in the Bible.