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Help! I Just Read 1 John 1! Now What?

Yesterday was Part 2 in a 6 week series through 1 John called "Love As Our Witness." Both weeks I have encouraged and challenged The Church at West Franklin to read through 1 John every week of the series. If you do this, you will have read through the book of 1 John 6 times!!!!

This week, I would like to give you a pointer or two from each of the 5 chapters to help you better apply this book to your life as you read.

You may have read 1 John 1 today. Now you may be thinking, "Now What?"

I recommend taking a verse that "stuck out" to you, ask questions of the verse itself, and then questions that are personal to you.

Consider 1 John 1:9

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

A super simple way to apply this verse is to ask these questions:

a. What happens if I confess my sins? (God is faithful and just to forgive them AND to cleanse me from all unrighteousness.)

b. What happens if I don't? (Well, I won't experience and/or be reminded of His glorious forgiveness and grace and cleansing!)

c. Do I have any sins that need to be confessed? (Of course! Look at 1 John 1:10!)

d. What are the specific sins that I need to confess right now? (Begin to confess, trusting in the promise found in the verse.)


That's it! Do that for yourself with 1 John 1:9, or pick out a verse that grabs your attention and ask similar questions. Developing this habit in 1 John will not only enrich our souls; but will also help cultivate a lifestyle of daily reading AND applying of the Scriptures.