So, I am trying to memorize I John 3:10-4:21. After two weeks, here’s what I got. No commentary needed, I will let the passage speak for itself.
By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
For this is the message you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should to be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s, righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the wold hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in talk and word but in deed and in truth.
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our hearts before him; for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandment abides in God, and God in him. By this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
Okay, a little commentary. First, I’m feeling convicted–lots of solid exhortation in there. Second, I had a good number of errors during my first copy, looks like I have alot of work to do this week. Third, I find it interesting how much of the love in this passage focuses on Christian brotherhood and inter-church-love (or should it be “intra-church-love”), as though John knew of the splintered groups and denominations the church would form in the coming centuries. Food for thought.
Thanks for reading on a Saturday!
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