Thursday April 6
Bible Reading: 1 John 3: 1 - 9
Topic: Behold What Manner Of Love
An experience of the new birth (salvation) is the greatest miracle in any one's life.
In our Text, John is astonished at the manner of love by which God has loved us (John 3: 16) which results in men and women being called Children of God.
This wonderful experience he says give hope and calls for diligence and dutifulness.
The hope is that the experience of son-ship is not only in time but for eternity.
There will be resurrection experience in which believers will be clothed with new bodies and new identities. (2 Phil. 3: 21)
In view of this hope, therefore a Christian should be diligent to live a lifestyle that keeps him separated from the world.
To do this, he must dutifully walk in the light of the Word of God and keep himself in the Love of God by keeping God's Commandments.
He stresses repeatedly that a Christian who abides in Christ while at the same time continues in habitual sin is a contradiction.
Those who habitually sin have no true knowledge or experience of God's salvation.
So do not be deceived, obedience to the Gospel is the only manifestation of being born of God, not Church attendance.
Lord help me to continue to abide in You, for I pray in Jesus Name, Amen.
Memory verse: 1 John 3: 8
"He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose, the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil"
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)