This morning I woke up feeling so tired and I had a slight headache thanks to sharing a bed with a hyperactive five year old who is my brother. Anyways, we had our morning devotion at 8:00 am and our text for the day was
Although I wasn’t prepared, I heard my mum say “Ifeoma give us an exhortation on this bible passage” yikes!! lol I froze for about thirty seconds until I decided to teach my family and also learn by myself. Since it had ten verses, I took each verse one at a time and tried to understand it while I read it to them. When I was done, I felt I explained it well enough so I want to share with all of us as well (I hope it fits into one post).
So! Lets begin! Get your bible and open to the text.
The first verse says(RSV):
“See what love the Father has given us that we should be called the children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him”
When I read this verse out, what I understood from it was that God loves us first. One thing is for him to love us and another is for us to love him back. When we do love him back eventually and show this love for him in our lifestyle, the world does not recognise it because they do not know God who is love.
This is the part that made me understand that this passage could be a sort of guide to the newly converted. To me, it is laying down the fundamentals in terms of what to expect or know when you are converted and have accepted our Lord Jesus into your life. When I made sure it was understood, I went to the next verse.
The second verse says(RSV):
“Beloved, we are God’s children now; it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when he appears, we shall be like him for we shall see him as he is”
When I read the second verse out, what I understood from it was that verse one has asked us to love back and that in loving him, the world might not understand us but that in this love, we should have FAITH. There are things that have happened to us in the past that we may not understand even as we are born again but this verse is encouraging us to simply have faith that God knows what he is doing and that on the last day, we will fully understand what is going on.
The third verse says(RSV):
“And everyone who thus hopes in him, purifies himself as he is pure”
This third verse made me understand that when we are in Christ, and we have decided to love and have faith in him. Our hope in him purifies us in the sense that we unknowingly cast our burdens to the Lord and we stop being desperate for the things we want in this life. Desperation probably has driven us to do somethings in the past that we are not proud of but when we are in Christ, desperation goes and faith steps in and does the trick!
The fourth to tenth verses say(RSV):
“Everyone who commits sin is guilty of lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. You know that he came to take away sins and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him sins; no one who sins has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you, He who does right is righteous, as he is righteous. He who commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The reason the son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God commits sin; for God’s nature abides in him, and he cannot sin because he is born of God.
By this, it may be seen who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil; whoever does not do right is not of God, nor he who does not love his brother”
I took all these verses together because they are all pointing in the same direction the next always complementing the latter. This group of verses first of all described exactly what sin is, then explained that this sin is the reason why the Lord Jesus came on earth to die. They then went further to say that many people would try to twist sin and make it seem like doing the wrong thing is right. Such people are everywhere in schools, homes, play areas, offices and even in the church of God.
These verses then began to tell us that we should not be bothered that whoever is in Jesus will not continue in sin because in him there is no sin.
The tenth verse then finally summarized it all saying that in all this, we can now see who is God’s child and who is not. The next question you should ask yourself is this:
“Am I a Child of God?”
If the answer to that question is NO, then you have some repenting and accepting to do. I hope I have spoken to someone as I also spoke to myself this morning. Remain blessed and have a wonderful week ahead!
Remember: Don’t strive to earn a living and then forget to have a life in the first place.