Today is Monday, April 15th, 2024; Karen's Korner #5101

Our church family is making its way through the book of 1 John; five chapters. Our minister has asked us to read one chapter each weekday; repeating it each week until we are done with the worship service series.

I read two chapters last week until I forgot to read more. Isn't two chapters better than none?

Here are the first two verses of chapter 2:

"My little children,
I am telling you this so that you will stay
away from sin.
But if you sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father. His name is Jesus Christ, the one who is all that is good and who pleases God completely. He is the one who took God's wrath against our sins upon himself, and brought us into fellowship with God; and he is the forgiveness for our sins,
and not only ours but all the world's."

~ 1 John 2: 1 & 2 LAB

Bible Commentary:  "To people who are feeling guilty and condemned, John offers reassurance. They know they have sinned, and Satan is demanding the death penalty. When we feel this way, we can't give up hope---the best defense attorney in the universe is pleading our case. Jesus Christ, our advocate, is the Judge's Son. He has already suffered our penalty in our place. We can't be tried again for a case that is no longer on the docket. United with Jesus, we are as safe as he is. We don't need to be afraid to ask him to plead our case--he has already won it!

"We sometimes have a difficult time forgiving someone who wrongs u.  Imagine how hard it would be to tell everyone we are willing to forgive no matter what they do! This is what God has done in Jesus. No one, no matter what they have done is beyond hope of forgiveness. All we have to do is turn to Jesus and commit our hearts to him."