Are we worshiping God or do we have any idols in his place? Many times we take exception thinking that we don’t have any idols but the answer depends on what we call as an idol. Anything that robs the place of God is an idol. What is taking his place in our life? John in his closing remark warned about this subject to his audience and this can be a wake up call for us as well.
Prayer can mean many things to many people. For some, prayer is a tradition to be followed and for some it is the lifeline to communicate with God. What does it mean to you personally? When we pray, do we have confidence that our prayer is heard and will be answered? If we have this confidence, our prayer becomes a medium to fellowship with God rather than a tradition and it will remove our fears knowing God’s providence at work. How can we get this confidence? What is the basis of such confidence?
There is no pick and choose between love, faith and truth as a Christian. Hearing true gospel gives us the faith and this saving faith produces love in our life. John, known as the apostle of love talked a lot about loving one another in his first epistle. Today’s text from 1 John is the third time he expounded on this topic of love for our brothers and sisters. Eventhough he referred to loving others, there is an implied question, Do we love God? since loving others is an evidence that we love him as a child of God. What is our answer to this question? How can we know if we love God and his children? How is this love connected with faith and truth?
When we think of love, predominantly we think of romantic love or love across family, friends and other relationships. By nature, we have the capacity to love people in these circles. When walking as a follower of Christ, we are called to love one another with unconditional, sacrificial and selfless love which transcends our definition of love and extends to outside of these circles. Are we displaying such a love towards our brothers and sisters? Why does it matter? What is the source for this love?