Book Review Friday: 1 John

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So here is the very first book review and I think it’s quite exciting. This one will be short and sweet and to-the-point since I have had a busy day and have a good old fashioned headache going on.
The first thing I noticed reading through this book a couple times is the overall theme would be abiding in Christ. I thought that a fitting theme verse would be 2:28

And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have
confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.

Tall order. As I read through at first I thought that sounded great, yup, that’s me. Then the more I read the more I realized that all the evidences of abiding in Christ written through the book didn’t exactly show up in my day to day life. Actually I thought it rather frightening and had to take a good look at whether I was saved or not. Scripture really is sharper than a two-edged sword! Just think about 2:6

“He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.”

Scary, I cannot say that I do that.

Then another verse that caught my attention was 5:3

“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, And His
commandments are not burdensome.”

A lot of Christians act as though their faith is actually a hindrance to fun and better things. As if it’s a burden to love others as Christ did. Sacrifice yes, burden no. People act as if it’s a burden to commit to helping at church, and yes even think it’s a burden to read 1 John every day for a week! This shouldn’t be a burden it should be a joy. And for anyone who did the book review or is in the habit of reading their Bible regularly knows that the more you read the more you crave.
But in an even more practical sense for mothers, it shouldn’t be a burden to care for our families with all the menial tasks it involves.
Oh yes, there was much to think about while reading 1 John but that’s all I have the brain power to write down tonight. My head is not cooperating. I need to go find some medicine.

I look forward to reading the reviews of all who took part in Book Review Friday. :)
Just in case you haven’t guessed already I have chosen 2 John to read for the next week. No excuses with this one folks, it’s only 13 verses long! You can do it! Just let me know if you want to join in and I can add you to my links on the right. :)

~Shannon

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