1 John 2:1-11
When we encounter the struggle with sin, the best thing we can do is to again and again look to Jesus. What we will find is not a Jesus who is ashamed of us, but One who is on our side as our Advocate. This, in turn, helps us love others.
Read 1 John 2:1-6.
- John addresses his readers as “little children.” What does that indicate about the nature of what he is about to share?
- How would you respond to someone who believed that behavior and faith have no relationship to each other?
- If Jesus is your Advocate, how does that change the way you live on a day-to-day basis?
Read 1 John 2:7-11.
- What does it mean that the command to love one another is “an old commandment”?
- How can John be so definite in his statement that if you hate your brother you live in darkness?
- What does this show us about the nature and character of God?
Taking it Home:
- How can your approach to repentance of sin be different in light of this text?
- Is there anyone you need to reach out to this week to demonstrate the love of Jesus?
Other Scriptures to Engage with this week:
Genesis 4:1-11; Leviticus 19:9-18; Psalm 12; Psalm 15; Psalm 28; Matthew 5:38-45.