John Gives Us Hope

I love reading John’s writings. Matters not if it is his gospel account, his epistles or the Revelation, he offers great hope on almost every page. Patmos bayIt’s foolish to think I could pick just one favorite passage. There is one that seems to always bring me great joy and hope.

“My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world” (1 John 2:1-3).

Sin struggles are going to plague all of until we die. This passage reminds us that Jesus blood has satisfied the anger of God against our sin.

John’s writing gives us hope telling us we can become less prone to sinning. Yes, that is good news I can improve at overcoming temptations. He doesn’t say temptations will be easier or that they will come any less often.

He implies here that reading this letter will give us strength not to sin. The second half is amplification of the strength of the blood of Jesus.

“and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:20).

My great hope is to become more Christlike everyday. To learn love the things Jesus loves and avoid those things Jesus would avoid is my aim.  That is, after all the very purpose God sent Jesus into the world.

” For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. 4But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:3-5).

John states it even more sweetly several times:

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:1-2).

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
(1 John 3:16)

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16)

Isn’t it wonderful for John to give us these messages of hope.  There is great strength to face each day in his writing.  As a preacher I always encourage new converts to read 1 John every day for the first six months of their Christian life.  Then read it at least once a month from then on after.  The devil does so much to convince us that we are not saved, that we will never be good, or that we are not of any value to God.  John debunks every one of those lies in his writing.  Take time to get to know the writings of John.  The sooner you do the sooner your hope will abound.

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By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
(1Jn 3:16)

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One Comment on “John Gives Us Hope”

  1. Dear Brother,
    You did a wonderful work here . Am encouraged greatly. Keep up the good work.

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