“I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His name.”          1 John 2:12 NIV


The apostle John has been dishing out some strong words as he warns the flock about the false teachers who were trying to deceive them. He has just said that if you don’t love your brother and sister, you’re in the darkness – not saved! He is about to say that if you love the world, you don’t have the Father’s love in you (1 John 2:15). But before he says that, he inserts this short section to encourage those who may have been troubled by what he had written. John wants his readers, no matter what stage in the Christian life they are at, to consider what God has done in their lives. He wants them to know that they have authentic faith. To grow, we must be assured and encouraged about what God has done and is doing in our lives. John uses repetition to drive his point home – wherever we are in our Christian walk, God wants us to be encouraged by His grace so that we will grow more. The point is clear, both here and in other Scriptures, that we should never be complacent with where we are at in our Christian walk, but we should strive daily to know Christ better in order to grow in maturity. Physical growth is normal for children; it is not normal for children not to grow and mature. Spiritual adults, too, should always press on toward the goal of knowing Jesus Christ better and growing in godliness. I am convinced that God’s grace, as shown to us on the cross, is the greatest motivator for us to keep growing in maturity.



Lord, may we never forget what You have done for us on the cross.



Lord, by the ministry of Your Holy Spirit, may we always press on toward the goal of knowing You better and growing in godliness. Let Your grace that was shown to us on the cross be the greatest motivator to keep us growing in maturity. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

2 Timothy 1:1-14



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