Posted on May 15, 2012 by Melissa
Unfortunately, far too many of us experience this in our relationship with God. After the “newness” wears off, it’s hard to maintain the same level of excitement.
Today’s passage is an important reminder and warning: do not lose sight of the magnitude of God’s gift to you.
Read 1 John 3:13-15, thinking carefully about verse 14.
Why, according to John, should we expect the world to hate us?
When have you experienced the world’s hatred? Explain.
According to these verses, how do we know “we have passed from death to life”?
What does John say about those who do not love?
Has your love toward others grown cold? Why or why not?
Many Christians think of salvation in terms of a one-time experience. We pray a prayer, say the magic words, and God gives us salvation. Then, we think we just stick that insurance policy in our back pocket and live however we want to.
Unfortunately for such people, the Bible presents a very different message. Christians are continually reminded and warned of their need to be attentive to the gift of salvation that we have through Jesus. Today’s passage says that we who have a relationship with Christ have passed from death to life—and a good indicator of our salvation is the love we have for others. It’s time to take a hard look at yourself. What does the way you love others say about your relationship with Christ?