Help! I Just Read 1 John 3! Now What?

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 3 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 3:1-3

1 Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it didn’t know Him. 2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him because we will see Him as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself just as He is pure.

Using this passage, ask/commit to the following:

a. According to what John says in verse 1, why is it - exactly - that God's love is so great? (Hint: Notice the words "Father" and "children" and "given"). When was the last time you meditated on His love for you? Why don't you take 5 minutes and do that right now.

b. What is going to happen when Jesus appears for the 2nd time?

c. According to verse 3, those who hope in His appearing will purify him/her self. Why is this so?

d. Who do you know that needs God's love but is unaware of it? Have you told them?

e. Ask God to give you an opportunity to make His love known to them this week.

That's it! Do that for yourself with 1 John 3:1-3, 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.