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By This

  

Hey all, you may enjoy reading 1 John today during your devotional time.  I noticed this morning a common phrase of John that will be helpful for our own lives and as we are discipling others – “by this”.  It says a lot of who the children of God are/aren’t as well as gives us some defining characteristics of God.  For example:

1 John 2:3-5 – By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.  4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;  5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
1 John 3:10 –By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.
1 John 3:16 - We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1 John 3:18-19 – Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.  19 We will know by this that we are of the truth, and will assure our heart before Him
1 John 3:24 – The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.
1 John 4:1-3 – Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;  3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.
1 John 4:9 – By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
1 John 4:13-15 – By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.  14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.  15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
1 John 4:16-17 -  We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.  17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world.
1 John 5:1-2 - Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.  2 By
this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.

One Response to “By This”

  1. on 08 Dec 2011 at 2:41 amGeorge

    Love never fails.1 COR.14;37 -40 1 COR. 12;-3 LOVE gw

  

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