Forgiveness In Marriage…

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*Billy Graham’s Daily Devotion*

John’s 1st Letter: 1
The First Letter from John
These three brief letters were written by the same author as the gospel of John, but at a later time. The recipients are local communities. 1 John does not state the addressee(s) explicitly; 2 John is written to a “lady,” which is really a community (reporting greetings from “your sister,” another community); while 3 John is sent to one “Gaius.” However, all three address growing problems within the body of Messiah which were beginning to gain ground in the Ephesus area (modern Western Turkey), the likely location from and to which these letters were written. The three letters encourage believers in their faith, urging them to guard against false teachers, who denied that the human Yeshua was also divine, that God had really become man, and that their immoral behavior constituted sin. It is hard to pin down one particular group teaching these things, but it could have been an early form of Gnosticism (which believed that matter was evil and that salvation came through secret knowledge), or a heresy called Docetism (which taught that God appeared to take on human flesh but did not truly become man), or another heresy taught by Cerinthus. 1 John warns against this teaching; 2 John advises a community not to welcome teachers peddling false doctrine; while 3 John speaks about a divisive man named Diotrephes, “who loves to be first.” John’s letters show how God’s Word must always be the test of both teaching and behavior. John especially emphasizes love, faith and obedience, which work out in the lifestyle of believers, in their understanding of Yeshua. 1 John in particular remains a beloved classic of the spiritual life, articulating themes of fellowship with God and assurance of forgiveness of sins.
God’s Manifested Word of Life
1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of life—2 the life was revealed, and we have seen and testify and declare to you the eternal life that was with the Father and was revealed to us. 3 What we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so you may have fellowship with us. Indeed, our fellowship is with the Father and His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. 4 These things we write so our joy may be full.
God’s Light Dispels Darkness
5 Now this is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you—that God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with Him and keep walking in the darkness, we are lying and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of His Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin.
Cleansing Begins with Confessing
8 If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

{Tree Of Life Bible~John’s 1st Letter 1:1-10}

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