There was once a young redneck fisherman with a bent towards brawling. He meets a Galilean Carpenter that was originally not from his neck of the woods. The fisherman became The Apostle of Love. And the love which changed this one, also known as John, can also change you and all those you love. So what are you waiting for?
When a person is reborn and God’s love comes flooding into their soul, it’s not meant to merely pool up inside. It’s meant to flow out. God’s undeserved love (grace) is transformational. It changes our hearts within, affecting our hearts towards others. Love is the intended result, vertically and horizontally.
John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John’s not talking about the emotional syrupy kind of love but rather an unimaginable form of love the Greek renders Agape/Agapao.
In a broad sense, an antichrist is anyone who denies or rejects Jesus as the Christ. More narrowly, an antichrist is anyone who becomes a human agent of Satan and his minions in defiant opposition to our Lord. John indicates they actually had them in the church! But let’s consider Who they are opposing…
Clear throughout John’s first epistle is his notion that true regeneration, without transformation, makes the authenticity of the supposed regeneration, suspect. The purchase of our redemption and adoption was not cheap. Though it cost us nothing, the ransom paid was the violent death of God’s only Son. This has profound implications for our Christian walk.
What great joy it would be to see the body of Christ flourishing in our day. To see a sustained visitation by God, a powerful move of the Holy Spirit, another great awakening with the household of faith on fire. There’s nothing wrong with praying for this as all great revivals were preceded by faithful […]
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