Walking Through 1 John: Day 1

I’ve been thinking through the format of my daily devotionals the past week or so, trying to remain fresh, not just for you, but for my own soul.  This daily devotional is something that I do, not just for you, but for my own soul. And the last week or so, I’ve been struggling sometimes with something to say or something to write.  If it ever doesn’t appear for a few days, that’s why.

To give some variety to the devotional for the coming days, I’m going to do something I did last year.  We are going to walk through a book of the Bible together.  As I was thinking about what book, to do, my heart kept coming back to one of the “Johns” in the New Testament.  John wrote three letters that appear near the end of the New Testament, each is really good, with different things to say to us today.  I thought it may be worth wild for us to walk through 1 John and then see where we are after that.  So, today, we’ll look at 1 John 1: 1-4:

We declare to you what was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the word of life— 2 this life was revealed, and we have seen it and testify to it, and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us— 3 we declare to you what we have seen and heard so that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

We see that John starts this letter by giving witness to what he (and others) have seen.  This is a testimony to truth.  For them, through truth is not and academic concept, but rather truth is a person, and that person is Jesus Christ.

The Bible, especially the Gospels and letter such as this, are testimonies to Jesus, His life, death, and resurrection.  They aren’t just make believe.  They aren’t just fairy tales.  They aren’t made up stories.

They are true, and they can be trusted.  You can trust what you find in scripture.  You really can.  You can put your faith in its teachings.  You can build your life around what it shares with us.  The point of scripture, in all things, is to point to Jesus.  Scripture teaches us who He is, what He has doing, and God’s plan for salvation, for ethics, for life.

You can trust it.  Really, you can.  I do.

He ends this introduction by telling how sharing this good news will make their fellowship and joy complete.  He knows how good Jesus is.  He knows how good His love and mercy is.  He has experienced it.  And the only way to make that joy complete is to share it.

We were given all the good things we’ve been given, live, love, joy, grace, not to hold onto them, but to share them.

You’ve been shown mercy.  Want to know true joy?  Share mercy with someone.  You’ve been given grace.  What do know true joy?  Share grace with someone.

We’ve given so much.  The only way to make our joy complete is to share that joy with someone else.

Today, let’s share what God has given us, with someone else.

Tomorrow join with us as we look at the rest of 1 John 1!

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