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Joy – Day 11
John puts a lot of emphasis on truth in all his writings. Just in the introduction to this short letter, he uses the word Truth 4 times in the first 3 verses. And in his gospel the word appears 23 times. Many more than any other book in The Bible.
2 John 1:4
It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
Most parents can identify with this sentiment. We all want our children to walk in truth being honest with themselves and others. But we also want them to know The Truth, remembering that Jesus said that He was “The Truth”. I am the way, the truth and the life, no-one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6).
Seeing our children living according to God’s plans and the truth of Jesus fills any believing parent with joy, just as it did John in Biblical times.
John puts a lot of emphasis on “truth” in all his writings. Just in the introduction to this short letter, he uses the word “truth” 4 times in the first 3 verses. And in his gospel the word appears 23 times. Many more than any other book in The Bible.
John often links truth and joy together. In his third very short letter, he refers to “joy and truth” twice (3 John 1:3&4).
Very soon after the Christian church began to grow in the first century, there were false teachers trying to infiltrate groups of believers, and John’s joy was to find that none of the groups he was responsible for, were being led astray by this twisting of the Truth.
A church where the members are in unity with each other and with Father God is a great blessing, to each member, and I am sure to The Lord too.
Read 1 John chapters 1-3 today and be encouraged to let your joy shine through you wherever you go and whatever you do.
Ask yourself if the church you attend is a joyful group to be part of.
Pray for more joy to be experienced in the Christian church world wide.
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