1 John 1-2~ Day 106~Notes from Son of Thunder

I have been accused of being black and white (as if it's a bad thing) but, I ain't got nothin' on John!!  My word he is laying it down in a black and white way, don't you think?!

  • "If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth." (1:6)
  • "Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did." (2:6)
  • "Do not love the world or anything in the world.  If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them." (2:15)
I always thought that John was the lovey-dovey disciple.  He is the one that scholars think was the "one whom Jesus loved" ( John 13:23) and he talks about love a lot!  In fact, in his three letters he references love  25 times!  I think my mistake is that I picture one who is all about love, being gentle, mild and subdued.

But John is far from that! I have to remind myself that Jesus nicknamed him "Son of Thunder." (Mark 3:17)  Thunder is not gentle, mild or subdued!  It's powerful and loud!  So, I shouldn't be surprised that John is firm in his speech, black & white.  In fact, who says that firm, and black & white isn't loving?  On the contrary, it is very loving if one is using those traits to warn others and exhort them to "remain in him."( 2:27) "to continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming." (2:28)  That's true love for a fellow neighbor!

On a funny note, I thought of someone else who is black and white and very loving! heehee


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