Bible Reading: 1 John 2.12-14
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one. 1 John 2.12-14
As you meditate on these words in 1 John know that they are written so that the believer’s joy would be full. True joy and to know the joy of Christ is found in having one’s sins forgiven by Jesus and having an ever-growing intimate relationship with God. That is what John desires for his readers and for us today.
John in these three verses speaks affectionately using terms to speak of where believers are in their journey. Some are little children, some young men and some fathers. John is referring to all who have a relationship with God, but have had different experiences in their intimacy with God. John wants them to be reminded of the great blessings they have in Christ: forgiveness of sins; they know Jesus; they have overcome the evil one, are strong in Christ and have the Word of God abiding in them.
Don’t we want these to be our experiences? John didn’t want his readers to simply settle where they are at in their relationship with the Lord, but to progress. We are to move forward in our walk with the Lord, not getting stagnate, but progressing in our maturity. Let us desire more and deeper intimacy with the Father today.
Weekly Memory Verse: If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; 1 John 1.6