We need God's light in our lives if we want to become a better person and have loving, selfless relationships with others.
1st John 2:3-17. Abiding in _________(fill in the blank)
In this section, I'd like y'all to consider the word ABIDING. Can we abide in something that is "not there"?
1. 1st John: 2:3-6 "A man is only as good as his words". "Say what you want, but actions speak louder than words". "Stop talking so I can hear what you are saying". We hear these quotes a lot. Can you honestly SAY that you try to live, walking the talk, in the will of God in your everyday living? Have you ever stopped and honestly looked at yourself in the mirror the way others see you? Who would you see? Yourself, Christ, or something else?
2. 1st John 2: 7-11 'New' commandments and 'old' commandments. Love and hate. Light and darkness. Lets suppose that the commandments John is referring to is love encompassing. And lets suppose that the way we walk with our brother is a reflection of that love. In verse 11, it sounds as if we cause someone to stumble (be it a brother, sister, or even your best friend), you really don't love them...even though you think you do. Do you make them stumble on purpose? NO, of course not! You don't realize it because you are living in darkness and are blind. My question for this paragraph, how is it then, if we are 'blind', that we can become illuminated?
3. 1st John: 12-14 It appears John is writing to everyone of all ages. When I read it the second time, I thought about the men of old (maybe even those of the old testament), those of the current church that he was writing to, and those of the future church. Regardless, you are part of both the current and future church (that's the irony of being a teenager...we just don't know where to place you ) Anyways, when you have children, and if you continue the path you are on, what will they see in the reflection of your past? Do you feel you are walking life in the direction that will bring life (light) to those after you?
4. 1st John: 15-17 Compare this section to Genesis 3:6. Surely Eve was not hungry, and I would think the garden was a really pretty place to see. And she had a good relationship with God, also. But, she thought she was missing something. This 'thing' that we are 'missing' will never be filled by the world. In what ways do you feel the youth in our local body struggle with:
A) The lust of the flesh (wanting to please ourselves)
B) Lust of the eyes (wanting what we see)
C) Pride of life (being proud of what we are, have, etc)