1 John | Day Ten
By: Callie Clayton | 1 John 5
If you’ve been with us since the start of 1 John, congratulations! You made it to the end. Wasn’t this letter just jam-packed with great challenges and convicting Truth? That’s what makes the Word of God so exciting. Today, we get to read the final chapter, John’s closing statements to his readers. He doesn’t want them—or us—to miss anything, so he reiterates some truths he’s already been over, stressing their importance. You’ll also notice how much he talks about the gospel! There’s so much great stuff in this chapter, so let’s get started.
Read all of 1 John chapter 5. What key things does John repeat from earlier parts of his letter?
Why do you think John shares the truth of the gospel in verse 20?
What do you want to remember most from verses 1-5?
What do you want to remember most from verses 6-12?
To me, verses 13-21 feels like a long P.S. at the end of the letter. Like John just remembered all of these other things he wants them to know and so he just writes them all out, almost like a stream of consciousness! Especially verse 21.
Why do you think John closes his letter with this statement?
How would idols prevent us from living out these truths John talks about?
-Not loving the world:
-Not believing false teachers:
Our idols don’t look like gold statues, but we still have them in our lives. What are some of the idols in your life right now?
What can you do to keep yourself from loving that person or item or activity more than you love God?
So much of our idolatry doesn’t look like worship, but has so much to do with our time. If we spend a significant amount of time with someone, binge watching Netflix, or scrolling on our phones, we probably have an idolatry issue. And who, or what, we spend our time with will greatly impact our ability to be sensitive to the things of God. He loves you and wants you to be fully engaged in a growing relationship with Him! I promise what He has for us is SO much better!
End your time praying and thanking God for who He is. Ask Him to give you wisdom and discernment to know what is from Him and what isn’t. Ask Him to give you the strength to seek after Him more than anyone or anything else. Ask Him to teach you to love Him and His truth so that you can follow Him without any distractions.