My church here in Memphis, Tennessee reads a chapter of a book of the Bible every week, and the day that we have Bible Study (Tuesday) we discuss the chapter. This week was 1 John 1.
So far, this chapter has really been teaching me some things. I just want to share some of them. Here are some points that I’ve learned so far…
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”
1 John 1:3
John takes the first few verses to establish credibility. He, along with the rest of the disciples, was a witness of everything Jesus had done while in the flesh and more. At the time, his audience was low in faith because of false teachings that were given before the letter was written. So what does John do? Reassure them that their faith is not in vain.
What amazes me is how much their credibility has been passed down from generation to generation. We are still believing the things that they have witnessed. In Bible Study (My husband and I were not present, but my husband took notes from the live stream), it was said that history lessons are always best when taught and talked about by someone who actually went through it firsthand.
With that, I pose this question… Do I believe the credibility that has been passed down to me?
“And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.”
1 John 1:4
Along with establishing credibility, John testified about it. That’s why we have this epistle! He used what he had been through and seen to tell people about it. This was so we can experience the same God he did.
There are plenty of stories I could share of what God has done for me, yet still, I continue to be timid and afraid when the opportunity comes to tell about who God is to me and what He has done for me. I should WANT someone to experience the same God I experience every day.
Will I continue to be timid and afraid to talk about what I have witnessed of God?
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
Confession is opening our mouths about something. I always thought that when it comes to confession as long as I thought about it I confessed to God the things I have done wrong. Lies. You have to open your mouth and SAY what you have done wrong. Then, this thought ran through my mind, “that’s too embarrassing”. But I learned after looking over my notes from Bible Study that if you are confessing sin, this means you hate it. Opening your mouth to confess no matter how embarrassed you are shows that you hate that you did it just as much as God hates that you did it. That’s sincere and genuine confession. You will even get rid of everything that caused you to do it and turn from it. That, my friends, is a crucial part of repentance.
That taught me how deep confession really is.
Do I truly confess when I need my sins forgiven?
It’s amazing how just one chapter can teach you so much. You can grab different things from each verse and learn something that will change your life. I guess I have some things I need to work on now.