Monday, July 17, 2017

Promises from the Book of 1 John

I know that 1 John is full of hope and promises and I want to give you all the hope that is possible to have concerning our life of victory.

1 John 1:4  "These things we write to you that your joy may be full.

Fullness of joy, can you comprehend that, it is hard isn't it?  But it is a promise from God.  Maybe the next verses tell us how to have that fullness of joy.

1 John 1:7  "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses from all sin."  That could bring fullness of joy, couldn't it?

1 John 1:9  "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  Another reason to have fullness of joy, cleansed from all unrighteousness.

1 John 2:1-3  "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin.  And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.  And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  Now we  know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments."

It is wonderful to know that we have an Advocate with the Father when we sin, isn't it?  Another reason for joy.  Propitiation means forgiveness, and He not only forgives our sins but for the whole world, He is not selfish with His forgiveness but He does have conditions and one of them is that we keep His commandments.  There is fullness of joy in being obedient to God, definitely fullness of joy.

1 John 2:5,6  "Whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.  By this we know that we are in Him.  He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked."

If we walk as Jesus walked, it might be hard to do if we didn't have the promises in His word that He does the work in us when we commit our ways to Him.  It is not for us to worry ourselves over if we should do this or that, it is Christ's work in us when we give ourselves to Him unreservedly in all things pertaining to life.  He has only our good in sight, and if something other than good happens He will take care of that too.  He doesn't want our walk with Him to be painful and full of thorns and thistles.  If we stay in His path and follow His leading, we will be saved at last, and have fullness of joy.  Grandma Joan

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