Love from the Father
1 John 2:12-14
12I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for His name’s sake. 13I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. 14I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
We can all think of people whom we admire and look up to as role models. Because of the internet, we can be access information about people around the globe. Their words and actions are easily accessible for us to take in and use as learning tools. Very few haven’t heard of Mother Teresa, Billy Graham, or Pope Francis. The words of ancient believers are literally at our fingertips and their thoughts and ideas can inspire faith, action, and growth.
The Apostle John is one such person. His words to us through Revelation, The Gospel of John, and 1,2,3 John are instructive and inspiring. But they are also so incredibly loving. In his words, we find a man who truly loved those who loved the Lord Jesus along with him. He sees them as “his children” and feels a true responsibility for them as fellow followers of Christ. In reading these words I sense that love coming through the generations for he saw the whole Church as united by the Lord Jesus. His love extends 2,000 years into the future because it is a love born of God.
The three brief verses lead us lead us to understand that we are deeply loved by God and as an extension of that love, by John himself. He brings up the forgiveness of our sins first for that is the lynch pin around which our entire faith rotates. If we read only verse 12 today, we would be blessed. But then he compounds the blessing by reminding us that we know the Creator God and because of Jesus evil in our lives has been destroyed. Finally, we are reminded that the Word of God abides in us.
Strong in the Word