“I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is 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 wicked one.”              1 John 2:14 NKJV


Most of us can probably remember our defeats much more easily than we can remember our victories. God doesn’t want our defeats to sabotage our Christian walk. His grace means that our sins are forgiven and that we are now His children. Knowing that should not lead us to sin more, but rather to be encouraged to grow more. The German poet, Goethe, said, “Correction does much, but encouragement does more.” The Bible has both, of course, in proportion to what we need. Here, John wants to encourage us, no matter where we are at in our level of maturity. But to be effective, encouragement must be true, not mere flattery. The truest thing about us is what God says about us in His Word. If we have trusted in Jesus Christ, God says that our sins are forgiven for His Name’s sake. He says that we have come to know Him as Father. He wants us to grow strong through His Word so that we will overcome the evil one. As we do this, we will grow into mature believers who know Him who is from the beginning. Knowing that we are forgiven is fundamental to the Christian life. Let us never abuse this truth, constantly appreciating God as our Heavenly Father, and being an encouragement to others. That is why John wrote these encouraging words.



Lord Jesus, may we never forget Your life-changing forgiveness.



Lord, may we never abuse the truth of Your forgiveness, constantly appreciating You as our Heavenly Father and being an encouragement to others. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Genesis 24:15-27



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