Exploring 1 John Session 22 1 John 3:19-24
This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality. It's also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves.
If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings, who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit, and that's why you're worshiped.
As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.
21 And friends, once that's taken care of and we're no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we're bold and free before God!
“…and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.”
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I'll do it. That's how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it.
23 Again, this is God's command: to believe in his personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. 24 As we keep his commands, we live deeply and surely in him, and he lives in us. And this is how we experience his deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit he gave us.
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed.