May 2, 2018
In reading these chapters in 1st John, I was reminded of the mind of a child. A child makes a decision without the cumbersome list of facts, caveats and contingencies we as adults consider. The warm embrace of a parent or the snuggle of a teddy is all they need to feel secure. John seems to cut through the fog of decision making and gets right down to what matters. It's all about LOVE.
He says, "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear...". With that warm embrace or that teddy bear in their arms the child is calm, no fearful darting eyes, no anguish in their voice. In the verses John seems to say it is a two sided coin. Either it is of God or it is not. It is like He is saying, "just have that child-like faith".
Keep it simple.
Don't complicate things.
God loves you.
Forget about fear and just love God.
When you do everything else will take care of itself. You will also love you brother. You will, by default, realize that "greater is He that is within you than he that is in the world". You will automatically know His voice. Like a child who hears the voice of their parent or grandparent will immediately feel safe and secure because all is well. Indeed, our heavenly Father is with us today.........all is well.
He warns us to test all teachings before accepting them
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
He enumerates many reasons for showing brotherly love
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
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Wonderful words Bro. Hal. It reminds me of a principle I follow, God is either everything to me or he is nothing to me.
Oh Lord Jesus teach me to Love and cast out all fear! I love you Bro Hal you have and are such a great part of my life. From a small child until now. I do Truly love all my brother and sisters at the Masters house! To be as a child and follow Jesus is easy. My life with Jesus is easy, if I didn’t have Jesus I wouldn’t want to live. He knew when he died on the cross that this was the only way we as humans could make it to heaven. Oh how I love Jesus!