August 22, 2018: SOAP #3184:  Jeremiah 28-30; 1John 3 Scripture:  1John (NIV) 3:13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. Observation:   In leading up to this simple statement, John gives several reasons why this should not surprise us.   First reason: as God's children, we are strangers to the world.   The world […]

August 22, 2018: SOAP #3184:  Jeremiah 28-30; 1John 3

Scripture:  1John (NIV) 3:13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you.

Observation:   In leading up to this simple statement, John gives several reasons why this should not surprise us.   First reason: as God's children, we are strangers to the world.   The world does not know him, so the world does not know us.   The difference is see-able!   (vs 1 & 2)    Second reason: sin is a normal part of the world.   But sin cost our Lord much suffering.   Sin is contrary to the nature of God.  Our attitude toward sin is see-able!  Third reason: we love each other.   Our love is see-able.  Jesus said that the world would know that we are his followers because we have love for each other.   (John 13:35) The world can see our love.

Application:   There are only two kingdoms in this world"the Kingdom of God consisting of those in whom God dwells by His Holy Spirit and the kingdom of the world under satan's influence and control.   God's goal is to reach as many people as possible and bring them into His kingdom ruled by love, joy, and peace.   God's goal is people.     On the other side, satan's goal is to dishonor God; he uses people to tear at the heart of God.

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, use me today to further Your Kingdom.   May Jesus shine through me, I pray.   May Your love, joy, and peace be see-able in me.   Amen

Pastor Leon
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