Tuesday January 17, 2023

Tuesday – January 17th – 1 John 3:14-15     -----    

3:14) We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death.
15) Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought today:

     Hello Tuesday!  The inspirational thought for today from the Daily Walk Bible comes from the closing chapters of the book of Genesis. The story focuses on the brothers of Joseph being worried that he might seek revenge for their actions way back when he was a young man. Although Joseph had already given them a word of forgiveness when they first reunited, now their father was dead and they feared that Joseph had been waiting for this opportunity to punish his brothers. However, Joseph was the example of true forgiveness, he was able to consider his previous challenges, struggles, and trails as being the work of God in turning around his brother’s intent on harm, to instead be used for good for them and others. What a humbling lesson in forgiveness. God did the same for you and me when He forgave our sins on the cross. Since we have experienced God’s grace should we not also extend grace and forgiveness to those who have intended to harm us?

     In our pick verses today, John continues to teach on how we are to be set apart from the ways of the world as we shine the light of God’s love into the world. John is confident that when we accept Jesus into our lives we transition from death (separation from God because of sin) to life (God’s grace that gives us an new perspective on this life and the promise of life eternal in Heaven). John also teaches us that, from God’s view, all sins are equal in their effect on our relationship with Him. Yes, our sins will vary in how they will affect others around us. From our view murder has greater ramifications than gossip, but in Kingdom perspectives God hates both equally – because all sins serves to fracture our relationship with God. At the root every sin is hatred – either a hatred for God, of others, or our self. The Good News is that God gives us the power through the Holy Spirit to resist and rid ourselves of all forms of hatred.

   Pastor Jim
Wednesday – January 18th – 1 John 3:16-17

*The Daily Walk Bible NLT: Explore God's Path to Life (p. 236). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.

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