Christmas - Love - Day 28

OPENING PRAYER:

Lord, thank you for this day. May all I do at home, at work, at school and in my neighborhood be evidence that I belong to you. Let your love be seen in me and the way I treat others. Amen.

 

READ:  I John 5:1-5 (NIV)

 “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments.  Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.  For every child of God defeats this evil world and we achieve this victory through our faith.  And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”

 

REFLECT:

 If you get a room full of Christians together and poll them, there would likely be complete agreement that it is futile to try to get your life in order before you come to Jesus for salvation.  All of them would tell you that, on your own, it is impossible. Only with the Spirit of God in you and with his strength are you able to overcome the world.

 Like us, John lived in a world that was intent on drawing people away from the truth and God’s plan to redeem mankind. Today, as it was then, there are enemies without and within competing for our attention and loyalty.  Given what we see around us, it is easy to make the case for cutting corners, seeking personal advantage and bending the rules to get ahead.  It is what we have come to expect in business, in government and even in personal relationships.  The world screams at us to look within, to pursue a journey of self-discovery, if we want to overcome our past and find freedom.

 

APPLY:

 John has a different perspective – he says that every child of God defeats the evil world, not by personal advantage or self-discovery, but by faith in the person of Jesus Christ the Son of God.  In verse 13 of this same chapter, John writes: “I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.” Take a moment today to consider Jesus and what he has done for you. Thank him for the freedom that is yours when you rest in him and believe his promises.

 

CLOSING PRAYER:

 Father God, thank you for loving me and making me part of your family. Help me not to take my position as your child for granted. Help me embrace all that is mine when I fully believe and trust in your Son Jesus. Amen.

Terry Schneider