May 23rd, 2007
Life is like a battle against the world. The world usually wins. When you’re old enough to go to school, you can choose to maximise your learning by studying hard, or you can choose to be lazy. Laziness usually wins. When you get caught doing something wrong, you can be courageous and own up and take your punishment, or you can be cowardly and come up with an alibi. Cowardice usually wins. When you get a job and start earning money, you can spend that money on yourself, or you can use it to help others. Self usually wins. For most people, life is just a string of minor battles, nearly all of which end in surrender and ignominious defeat.
John’s First Letter — Chapter 5
5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God. Everyone who loves the parent also loves the child. 5:2 We know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments. 5:3 Loving God means obeying his commandments, and his commandments are not oppressive. 5:4 Anyone who is a child of God defeats the world. Our faith is the victory that has defeated the world. 5:5 Who is it that defeats the world? It is someone who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 5:6 Jesus Christ is the one who came by water and blood, not just by water, but by water and blood. The Spirit tells us about this, because the Spirit is the truth.
5:7 There are three witnesses: 5:8 the Spirit, the water, and the blood, and they all agree. 5:9 We accept evidence given by people, but the evidence given by God is greater, because this is the evidence which God has given about his Son. 5:10 People who believe in the Son of God know that this is true. People who do not believe God are calling him a liar, because they do not believe what God has said about his Son. 5:11 God has said that he gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 5:12 Someone who has the Son has life. Someone who does not have God’s Son does not have life. 5:13 I have written this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you can understand that you have eternal life.
5:14 We are confident in approaching God, knowing that if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us. 5:15 If we know that he listens to us when we ask, we know that we will have the things which we have asked him for.
5:16 If you see a fellow believer committing a non-fatal sin, you should ask God to give that person life. This applies to non-fatal sins. There is a fatal sin, and I am not saying that you should pray about that. 5:17 Everything that is wrong is sin, and not all sins are fatal. 5:18 We know that people who are born of God do not sin. The son of God protects them, and the evil one does not touch them.
5:19 We know that we belong to God, and the whole world belongs to the evil one. 5:20 We know that the Son of God has come, and has enabled us to recognise who is the true God, and we belong to the true God through his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God, and he is eternal life.
5:21 Children, stay away from idols.
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