Why have self-control? Because without it, we wreak havoc in our lives and the lives of others. We are dangerous to everyone–even ourselves!
(28) Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
We are on day 7 of 21 Days of Deep. Who gives us self-control? The Spirit Does! It’s one of the fruit of the Spirit given in Galatians 5:22-23. It’s listed last and I think I know why: It’s the hardest to attain and the hardest to keep. Yet, without a measure of it, we can’t have any of the other fruit, either. So, maybe it should be listed first AND last!
Today, in 1 John 3:11-24, John gives us a picture of how to know we belong to Christ. Let’s look at the passage:
11 For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,[a] if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him,and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
Scripture-Read it. Ask the Spirit to speak to you as you read.
Observe- Did you notice anything particular? Did the Spirit highlight anything?
Apply- How does this passage apply to you? Is your overall desire to please Jesus and to look like Him?
Pray- Ask the Lord to help you understand-even deeper-what it means to have Christ in you. Ask Him the what, where, when, why and how concerning this passage.
For an in-depth look at this passage, see the following lesson below.