Posts Tagged '1 John 3'

Easter 4 – 1 John 3:17-18

1 John 3:17-18 – How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses to help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action.

1 John 3:18 is one of my favorite passages first introduced to me twenty years ago. For me, it is simply not enough to believe. Our faith should change us…make us act differently toward one another.

Prayer:

Loving God, as we grapple with our faith, help us see our neighbor in a new light, as a child of God. AMEN.

Easter 4 – 1 John 3:16

From 1 John 3:16 – We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us – and we ought to lay down our lives for one another.

Would you die for a member of your family? I know many of you would immediately say, “Of course!.” But would you die for your neighbor? Consider today what it means to live sacrificially toward your neighbor, especially the neighbor who is actually a stranger.

Prayer:

Gracious God, many people will come before us or pass by us this day. Help us see each of them with your eyes. AMEN.

Easter 3 – 1 John 3:2

From 1 John 3:2 – Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is.

As much as any other idea in scripture, our relationship as brothers and sisters informs my understanding of our responsibility toward one another. I know I often fall short in this regard, but I think that is why it is called a faith journey.

Prayer:

Steadfast God, thank you for standing by us even when we are prone to wander. AMEN.

Easter 3 – 1 John 3:1a

From 1 John 3:1a – See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are.

Happy Earth Day 2009! While it ages me, I remember the green “e” (it may have been a Greek theta, Θ) of that first Earth Day in 1970. As brothers and sisters of one another, I hope you will take a moment today to think of this home we share called Earth and determine one more way you can help care for it.

Prayer:

Creator God, thank you for green grass, snow-capped peaks, emerald green seas and clear blue skies. Help us be good stewards of this amazing abundance you have entrusted to us. AMEN.


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