This is an interesting text. On the first read, my main takeaway was from the second sentence in verse 16: “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.” I think this is one of the main themes of this passage and really much of the Bible, but the rest of the author’s near tongue-twister style of writing turned me around a few times. As I sorted through the double-speak, the definition of love grew and became more complex. This is not just any love, it is the love revealed by Christ; it is the love that flows from God to us and through us.
1 John and John 1
The tongue-twister nature of this scripture reminds me of John 1:1-18. You may recall from a previous 5-Point Friday that there is some debate as to who the author of 1 John is and whether it is the same as the Gospel According to John. In these passages, they definitely seem to have a similar style. The more you read these passages, the more tangled they seem to feel but also the more wisdom they reveal. The Gospel reveals that Christ is God, fully and completely. 1 John helps us to see the message that Christ came to reveal.
Family Fun Night: A Success
Yesterday (Thursday), we hosted Family Fun Night for the Project Transformation families. The intern team dressed up as their favorite Disney characters, Arlington Heights UMC brought hot dogs, UUMC brought dessert, the kids played games, faces were painted, and songs and dances were performed! Thank you to everyone who came out and made this such a great event! I hope you all enjoyed the evening as much as I did!!
Quote to consider:
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford. In what ways are your own thoughts holding you back? What would you do, where would you go, if your thoughts weren’t working against you?
Each week in worship, we ask ourselves the 3 Questions with regard to the previous week: Where did I see and share God? What did I do to grow in my faith? In what ways do I need to forgive and be forgiven? Try re-reading 1 John 4:7-19 and then ask yourself these three questions. How do your answers take shape in the light of God’s love revealed through Jesus Christ?