And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure. Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God's seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. (1 John 2:28-3:10 ESV)
Let’s make sure we are absolutely clear on the Gospel and it’s power to save, it’s identity altering components and, also, it’s present life, world-engaging sanctification process. Your life demonstrates your faith. Jesus taught this in John 15 and John takes it and runs with it as a new creation life… Do we love each other? Let’s start there.
- What does it look like to abide in Jesus?
- How can you have confidence to stand before Jesus?
- Why do our actions matter so much?
- How do you see God’s love for you in this passage?
- What gets in the way of you living out of your identity in Jesus?
- Why should you care about practicing righteousness?
- What gets in the way of you loving others the way you’ve been loved by God?