December 3, Reading 3 – 1 John 3

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SAA Notes

We are called to two things – to discontinue in sin and to love our brother Christian. 1 Corinthians 13, Zechariah 7:9,10 and 8:16,17, Leviticus 19:18 and much else of the case law in Exodus, Leviticus and Deuteronomy will tell you what loving your brother means in practice.

SJA Notes

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

This is a chunky passage, full of many deep and hard truths.

John hammers home the binary nature of sin and righteousness, of light and darkness, of God and of the devil.

But he also has time for practical exhortation.

“Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”

How do we love? We _do_ out of our hearts (_truth_).

Following Jesus is not a matter of only words and discussion. The christian walk is a narrow road, a path of walking and action, of decision-making through life, seeking God’s wisdom with each step.

Let us be encouraged to love in action out of the truth of the Spirit that lives within us, our hearts remade.

* Father God,

Thank You for Your love for us, that shows us how to love.

Thank You for Jesus, who showed us here on earth how to obey.

Please help us to love in action and in truth.

Amen.

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