1 John 3

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1 Behold , what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be : but we know that, when he shall appear , we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is . 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. 7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. 8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested , that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin , because he is born of God. 10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. 13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. 14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. 20 For if our heart condemn us , God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask , we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

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  1. Do you love this world more than you love God? In today’s passage we read how we should be and how we should not be! We read that we should have the heart of God and for the things of God; rather than the things of this world. I think this is one of the hardest things for a Christian. To live in this world but choose not to be of this world. Do you love the things of this world more than you love the things of God? I ask this last week of my Sunday school class. Do you love the things of this world more than you love the things of God? Its a hard question really. I think when I speak of this about my kids. I have four children and I am continually telling them that they need to show me their heart not just tell me their hearts. If my children tell me they love me and then they want nothing to do with me, do they really love me? Let me give you this example. There are two men, one who is wealthy and has many lambs, he hears that a wolf came in last night and ate one of his baby lambs. This man looks over his fields and sees that there are many lambs in his field he sees many of the sheep are pregnant still so he does nothing about this one little lost lamb. There is another man who owns only a few sheep, he loves his sheep and feeds them himself. He too looses a lamb by the same wolf and the man goes to hunt and kill the wolf that took the lamb. Which one of the two men really loved the lamb, and the sheep that were left behind? It would be the second man wouldn’t it? Often times however when it comes to the things of God I see many Christians (this one included) act like the first man in the story above. We say we love God yet we care more about the things of this world than we do the things of God! The Bible goes on to say that if you sin you are not of God. What does that mean? Does it mean that if you sin you are not saved? Does that mean I will live a perfect life after the day that I choose to follow Christ and ask him to forgive me of my sins? NO!! It means that if we are okay with walking in sin and staying in sin then we were never really saved. I will give you an example. I have a friend from my secular job who is openly homosexual. This man who is openly homosexual also claims to be saved. Now I want to point something out to you. The Bible says in many places that homosexuality is not right. Read the account in Genesis about Sodom and Gomorrah and you will understand why God chose to destroy those cities. When you read Romans 1 you will clearly see that God sees that sin as an abomination. My friend however knowing what the Bible says ignores it and says that this act is clearly not a sin but that God made him that way. I am hear to tell you everything you say, do or dwell on in your thoughts are your choices. These are not something God has made you do but choices you make. We can dress them up with a coat and top hat but if God says these things are sin then guess what? No matter what we THINK about it it will always be sin! God is saying if you are walking in sin and you have no issue with that sin and choose to not walk away from that sin, then you are not his child. I want to be very careful with this because there is more to it than just the surface. If you take some of these verses out of context to the Bible as a whole you could come up with many different ideas on your beliefs. Remember we do still wear this ol’ flesh while we are alive here on earth. I say that to say this: If a man who is struggling with sin that he had in his life gets saved he does not automatically become able to fight back the urges he had had for years prior. If this man/lady is struggling with sin and working with God to put that sin out of their lives, then we need to lift those people up in prayer rather than beat them down by telling how bad of a person they are when they slip and fall. Remember your sin is no better than their sin. There is a difference. God can choose to take sin from you right then and there when you ask him to do so, or he may use it to help transform you into the man or women you will become. You never know how God may use your lives. You may be able to talk with someone because you have been where they have been, you have felt what they felt, you have experienced what they have. We Christians should be very slow to judge because my Bible (the KJV) tells me by what I judge others with, I too will be judged! If you claim to be a Christian and you know you are living in sin………………STOP! Turn to God and ask him to forgive you of your sin. If you claim to be a Christian and have no problem with doing the things that the Bible says are sins, you dont feel any remorse for them at all; take some time to really evaluate the relationship you have with Christ. It just may be that you have never really given your self over to a loving, forgiving God!

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