Today in church we focused on 1 John 2:3-6. The priest shared an experience of when he was younger and just starting out on his priesthood, he was in the court as a witness testifying that a man had tried to murder him a few days previous. The priest then explained that Satan attacks us, but Jesus pleads our case to his Father, the ultimate Judge. However, even before our trials Satan has been sentenced to an eternity in Hell, proving God’s grace, that He is all-knowing and all-powerful.
We also learned that God forgives us for all of our sins if we trust and obey him. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice, however we can only truly receive God’s blessings if we confess our sins and believe in our hearts that the Bible is true, and study the teachings and testimonies of his followers.
John 15:12 says: “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I loved you.”
The speaker is Jesus. This Scripture teaches us that just as Christ loved us enough to die for us, ultimately shedding his holy blood to cleanse us and wrap us in his righteousness, so we must love everybody in honor of Christ’s love for us.
Matthew 5:44 says: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Again, the speaker is Jesus. Basically, that means that if people are mean to you, or openly hate you – or even the terrorists, since they are our enemies – we just pray for them and love them like a family member, because Christ died for everybody, not just a select few or those who were there.
Even now, the Holy Spirit is active. We must love and pray for everyone, even people we don’t like. The Holy Spirit sometimes sends us reassurance in the form of visions and dreams, and I can personally testify to that.
That is what we learned today. I hope you enjoyed it, all of you Christians/non-Christians who happen to be reading this.
~Selene Silver, The Church of the People of God