Help! I Just Read 1 John 2! Now What?
March 03, 2015
Sunday 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 2 today. Now you may be thinking, "Now What?"
I recommend taking a verse (or a passage) that "stuck out" to you, ask questions of the verse (passage) itself, and then questions that are personal to you.
Consider 1 John 2:9-11
9 The one who says he is in the light but hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10 The one who loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and doesn’t know where he’s going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Using this passage, ask the following:
a. Do I say I am a Christian? (In other words, "Do I consider myself as one who is 'in the light'?")
b. Is there any one or any group of people I treat as if it would be better if they did not exist?
c. If I do consider myself a loving person, how is it demonstrated in my relationships?
d. Would those closest to me say I love them the way Jesus loves?
e. Why is it that a genuine follower of Jesus will be known for his/her love?
f. Why is it that a person who does not demonstrate biblical love is not a genuine follower of Jesus?
h. What is the Holy Spirit prompting me to do or repent of or embrace as a result of this?
That's it! Do that for yourself with 1 John 2:9-11, 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.