Learning to “Live Loved” is a journey! 1 John is our guide to explore amazing connected trails!
1st Trail (1:5-2:2) - The Fellowship of the Light
2nd Trail (2:3-28) – The Obedience of Love
· Vs.3-6 – For John, to know, obey, love, live in, believe and trust, are all relationship synonyms!
He always sees “obey” in light of “love”!
1 John 2:3-11 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.
· Vs.7-11 – This “old not new yet new not old” command for us to obey is the message which brings us into the “fellowship of the light” with all the implications in our daily living.
· Vs. 12-17 – Rest at “Encouragement” bench before you scale “Not Love” ascent!
1John 2 15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
· Vs. 18-28 – Observe the warnings and winnings at “Opposition Overlook”
1 John 2 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. 22 Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 24 As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is what he promised us—eternal life.
SOLITUDE, SCRIPTURE, PRAYER - GUIDE:
Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.
Solitude – Spend several minutes quietly alone. Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through your Word!”
Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there! (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)
Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying? Why this word this day?
What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? How am I learning to Live Loved?
How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”
Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.
Monday – 1 John 2:12-14
Tuesday – 1 John 2:15-17
Wednesday – 1 John 2:18-20
Thursday – 1 John 2:21-25
Friday – 1 John 2:26-28
Saturday – 1 John 2:3-28