• Children of God Devotional

    1 John 3:1–3

    Are you frustrated with your current progression in holiness? Do you think that you will never overcome your persistent sins? If you hope in Christ, you should not feel this way. For if you truly hope in Him you are His child and are already becoming more like Him. In prayer, ask the Lord to remind you that you are His child and as such you can resist temptation. Thank Him for restoring you when you do fall, and hope on Him today so that you might live accordingly. View Resource

  • Our Glorious Future Devotional

    1 John 3:2

    Christ’s work of salvation is comprehensive, involving not only rescue from the penalty and power of sin but also from sin’s corruption. We who are in Jesus can look forward to the day when even our bodies will be perfected, and the Spirit, who dwells within us now, will be the One to perfect our bodies. On that day, we will be like Jesus, and we are to pattern our lives after His example now in glorious anticipation of that final day. View Resource

  • Seeing God as He Is Devotional

    1 John 3:2

    What could possibly be better than seeing God face-to-face? Since He is the source of all that is good, true, and beautiful, to see the Lord face-to-face is to see goodness itself, truth itself, and beauty itself. No longer will we need to be content with created things that only reflect these attributes, but we will see the very attributes themselves. Let us yearn for that day when our faith shall become sight. View Resource

  • No One Who Abides Devotional

    1 John 3:4–6

    We do well to remember Martin Luther’s insistence that at the same time we are justified, we are also sinners. Until we are glorified, we will struggle with sin. However, we must not let this knowledge make us think we can have no real victory over sin. We have a Savior who has sent His Spirit to enable us to resist all the temptations of the flesh. Look to Jesus for forgiveness for your transgressions and seek to submit to the sanctifying work of the Spirit today. View Resource

  • As He Is Righteous Devotional

    1 John 3:7–8

    By His death and resurrection Jesus broke the power of Satan in order to destroy his evil works. Jesus has secured this victory but has not yet consummated it, and He has given us a role to play in destroying the works of Satan until He returns in triumph (2 Cor. 10:4–6). We fulfill this role in preaching the Gospel and working to make it a reality in this world (Matt. 28:18–20). Evangelize, feed the hungry, and work for justice so that the works of Satan would be destroyed. View Resource

  • Practicing Righteousness Devotional

    1 John 3:9–10

    The distinction John makes between children of God and children of the Devil denies any naive assertion that all people have God as their Father. Only those who are in Christ by faith and therefore submit to Him as Lord have God as their Father. Anyone who gleefully indulges in sin or takes it too lightly has no right to call God Father. Spend some time today meditating on the holiness of God and the righteousness of Christ so that you may not take sin lightly. View Resource

  • The Message of Love Devotional

    1 John 3:11

    God calls us to love every Christian. He does not call us to love only our polite brothers or only our Reformed brothers or only our wise brothers. No, if we are to reflect God’s character, then we must love all of our brothers just as God loved all of His people. God forgives sinners and continues to love them despite their struggle with sin; so too must we. If you and another believer are currently at odds with each other, do what you can to bring healing to the relationship. View Resource

  • Be Not Surprised Devotional

    1 John 3:12–13

    Biologically speaking, Cain and Abel were from the same family. However, they did not share the same spiritual heritage. Though we might think they were brothers, in an ultimate and eternal sense they were not. The church can also be viewed this way. We might belong to a corporate body, a manifestation of the visible church, but if we hate others in it, we are not children of God and not a part of the invisible church. Tell a fellow Christian that you love him today. View Resource

  • No Murderer Devotional

    1 John 3:14–15

    How comfortable are you in hating other professing Christians? Do you hold grudges? Do you purposefully avoid speaking to believers whom you dislike? Do you recount all the wrongs someone has done to you even after they have apologized? Ask the Lord to help you search your heart and to make you distressed when you hate another Christian. If you presently hate someone, perform an act of love for that person today as you ask God to change your heart. View Resource

  • In Deed and Truth Devotional

    1 John 3:16–18

    As our income increases it becomes easier to spend the extra money on things we really do not need instead of using it to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and extend the Gospel. While we cannot set some kind of legalistic standard on how much we should give away, we must also be careful that we do not buy into Western materialism. Consider how you might give up those things you do not need in order to provide for believers who lack the basic necessities of life. View Resource

  • God is Greater Devotional

    1 John 3:19–20

    When it comes to our assurance (as well as everything else in life) we all must ask ourselves, “do I really trust God?” Trusting God is the first step towards assurance and drives us to do what John tells us Christians do. If we trust God we will affirm the incarnation, obey His commands, and love others. If you are having trouble trusting God, ask Him to renew your trust in Him. Make sure to seek out people in your life who will affirm His trustworthiness. View Resource

  • Whatever We Ask Devotional

    1 John 3:21–22

    As we spend time in the prayerful study of Scripture, we will know better what pleases God and thus be able to pray more effectively. As we learn Scripture, our prayers should become less self-centered and more in line with the concern to build the kingdom of God throughout the world. Spend some time today asking God to help you learn and pray God’s will. Using the Lord’s prayer as a model, pray that His kingdom would come in power wherever you happen to be. View Resource

  • By the Spirit Devotional

    1 John 3:23–24

    It is very important that we never isolate the work of the Spirit from the other evidences of salvation. Even though we may say the work of the Spirit is foundational to our assurance, oftentimes the way we become convinced we have the Spirit is through a life of genuine love for other believers and a concern for holiness. If you doubt the presence of the Spirit in your life, look for these evidences and ask the Lord to help you understand His indwelling presence today. View Resource