LIFELINES: I will always love you

By Bettie Marlowe
Posted 10/25/18

‘I will always love you’ – God

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LIFELINES: I will always love you

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‘I will always love you’ – God

Imagine this scenario. A father to his child: Now, I love you and will always love you. But there are certain things you need to learn. It would make me very unhappy if you disobeyed me and I would be very disappointed in you. But you may in your ignorance do something that is against what I’ve taught you, and that is very sad and it will make you miserable, also. But, I still love you and will forgive you if you will come to me. You won’t have to be guilty any more if you won’t do the wrong again.

This second chapter of John is addressed to “my little children” (Beloved, affectionate relationship as from a father, who tenderly loves them). “My little children” ( teknia mou). But it also refers to the apostle's authority as their spiritual father, and their obligation to obey as his spiritual children.

There’s much in this first verse of 1 John 2. He is guiding them in their walk with Christ. And the first admonition is “sin not.” That comes through loud and clear throughout the Scriptures in every dispensation. To sin is to step into misery and ruin, he warns -- it is against the Word of God. God wills that ye should be holy. Holiness and happiness are inseparable; sin and misery are inseparable, also.

But, John says, if you fall into sin, and grieve the Spirit of God, do not continue in the sin, nor under the guilt; and you can be restored to the favor of God. There is still hope, for Jesus Christ is our advocate. There can be immediate forgiveness.

1 John 2:2: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.

We have an advocate with the Father. We still have Jesus Christ before the throne who died for our offences, and rose again for our justification; and there he makes intercession for us. He is the righteous; he who suffered, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.

If we walk in the light, God’s Spirit produces love. To walk in darkness, our spirit produces hatred.

A life real in Christ is active love, forgiveness, kindness, long-suffering, joy, peace and victory.

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