There is a quality to agape that is unlike the other loves, for it comes from a place of fullness, a place of depth and peace, it is an overflowing kind of love that does not need a response to exist.
1 John 4: We Have the Mind of Christ
The Apostle John was convinced those who know God listen to those who have written the scriptures, and that listening makes us capable of discerning between the spirit of truth and the spirit of deceit.
1 John 3: You Know the Truth
John's reassurance held those who are begotten of God may become unsettled, but when our hearts condemn us, God does not, for God knows everything. God knows who we are.
1 John 3: Love the Brothers and Sisters
I remember reading, once, that when we help someone, we reduce the amount of suffering in the world, we become part of the process of God working things together for good.
1 John 3: Consecrated in God’s Love
As believers, we become consecrated unto the Lord, no longer a part of the world, but now being transformed into the heavenly.
1 John 2: Spirit of AntiChrist
For John, Christianity was empowered by the Holy Spirit. The antichrist was the other spiritual movement, fueled essentially by a supernatural force that was in opposition to God.
1 John 2: Those Who Leave
John claimed proof of salvation lay in Living by faith in holding onto the teaching of the apostles. Those who left had never been of them in the first place.
1 John 2: Proof of Salvation
Loving God and Loving the brethren, which in turn would mean Obedience to God by aligning our wills with the Lord’s, and serving and taking care of our brothers and sisters in the Lord by humbling our own wills for the sake of others.
1 John 2: Stop Pretending
Gnostics claimed there was no such thing as sin, therefore it was impossible to sin, for it did not exist. There was no point in seeking not to sin, because there was no such thing as “sin” or “sinning” in the first place. John strongly contested such thinking.
1 John 1, To Acknowledge Sin is to Be Given Hope
We are far better off to just come clean with God (and ourselves, for that matter) and confess that we do have sin because . . . we really do.