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1 John 1:5-2:11
This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
Marla grew up in Eugene, graduated from South Eugene High School, and attended the University of Oregon, where she met her husband. They began seriously dating in their mid-thirties and have now been married for 24 years. Marla is thankful to be retired after working for nearly 40 years. She has loved interior design for several decades and always welcomes new opportunities to exercise her passion.
1 John 1:5-7
“This is the ______________ we have heard from Him and _______________ to you, that God is ___________, and in Him there is no _________________ at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet __________ in the darkness, we _____ and do not ______________ the truth; but if we _________ in the Light as He Himself is ___ ____ ____________, we have __________________ with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son ________________ us from all sin.”
1 John 2:3
“By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.”
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