1 John 2:1-11
1 John 2:1 NIV, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”
Jesus is my Advocate. He speaks on my behalf to the Father about my shortcomings, my line-crossings, my spiritual failures. He is for me and not against me. He is my defense attorney, not the prosecutor. He seeks my acquittal, not my condemnation. Is this the image of Jesus I carry around with me in my heart? Do I then sin without a care for this reason? Do I seek to keep Jesus in the attorney business by freely keeping a long line of sins before Him to advocate for on my behalf to the Father?
1 John 2:6 NIV, “Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
Feelings. I feel badly that my claim to live in Him is not as supported by a loving lifestyle (which is how Jesus lived). Love is the bottom line in this passage. Love is how Jesus lived. Love is His treatment of me. My claims to be a “Christian” are supported only by a loving lifestyle. Knowing Jesus facts, or Jesus history, or Jesus ideas, or even Jesus words does not make me alive in Him. Living in love for Him and love for people He loves is the primary evidence. I feel drawn to this command. I would like it more active in my way of life. I want to be more loving. This is a true desire. I recognize shortcomings that I sometimes fear are chronic and unchangeable.
1 John 1:7-8 NIV, “Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.”
Invitation. It is and isn’t a new command Jesus gives us here. I think of this as an invitation to live in what is old, established news as though it were something I had never heard before today. What makes it new? The freshness of seeing Jesus love for me and in me. The darkness is passing in me and the true light is already shining. The darkness of anxiety is passing, and the light of peace is already shining. The darkness of discouragement is passing, and the light of eternal encouragement is already shining. The darkness of lethargy and acedia is passing, and the light of joy and holy energy is already shining. I welcome Your invitation to step into and walk in the light today. I need this…deeply.
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