I’m linking up today with Kate for Five Minute Friday. One word, standing start, write for 5 minutes, no edits, etc. If this isn’t clear as mud click here for further instructions.
The Word today is “Dear”
The first thing I thought of today was 1 John 2. The NIV uses the words “dear children” many times in the chapter.
2 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Thanks Be to God that He sent his Son. That HE atones for the sins that I (or you) have no ability to atone for in crazy, mixed up human mess we are. Because there is no way! Nothing! Absolutely NOTHING that any human can do to atone for anyone’s sin. Jesus, is the ONLY way that the propitiation (a fancy word meaning “to appease” or “to regain favor or good will”) can occur.
John goes on to say:
12 I am writing to you, dear children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.
Whose name? JESUS! The one perfect being, that was with God and that WAS God, and that ever walked on this planet we call earth. The only being that could revoke the yearly sacrifices of the blood of bulls and goats for our sins.
14 I write to you, dear children, because you know the Father.
Oh Thank you Jesus! That your Holy Spirit called me out of darkness! That I DO know the Father. And that the Father knows me. And that
And that he LOVES me, and forgives me graciously. Not as the world often does…or maybe doesn’t do. But as the Father can because all He sees when He looks at me is Jesus.
Is this a license to sin? Certainly NOT! (Romans 6) Or we can look at 1 John here:
15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[d] is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.
This dear readers is the grace of a loving heavenly Father that thought enough of His creation to put His perfect plan into place before the existence of the world.
And we have the following promise: 28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.
It is also worthy to note that if we know Jesus as our Savior, WE are the dear children John is speaking to in this letter.