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1 john 3

By JIm Dunham

Kay and I were recently in Texas visiting our children and grandchildren. While there, we visited the church to which our son attends and granddaughter attended prior to moving to Redding, California. Jordan, our granddaughter, had been a very active part of the church. 

One of the ladies of the church asked Kay how we found them. She responded by saying we were James’ parents. The dear sister looked puzzled for a moment and then said, “Oh, you’re Jordan’s grandmother.”

The point is, we were identified and actually accepted by our relation with someone else. The same is true when the world looks at us and does not recognize our true identity because they do not know Him. First John 3:1 says, “See what kind of love the Father has given us: We are called God’s children—and that is what we are! For this reason the world does not recognize us, because it did not recognize him, either.” They can, however, observe us for a time and say, “I don’t know what she has, but I want it, or I reject it.” Hopefully they will see the love, joy, peace, and acceptance flowing from us. They should see the sincere concern for their wellbeing and a non-judgmental attitude. Our job is to be so much like Jesus they will see Him in us and want Him. 

This is a lifelong process. It demands knowing Him more today than we did yesterday. It’s a journey, not a destination—at least not until we transition from this world. 

First John 3 is filled with diamond-studded gold nuggets of truth and wisdom. I urge you to meditate on each of them. You may want to start with these three verses using The Passion Translation with these brief comments.

Verse 13–Don’t be surprised if the world hates you. Ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” The answer is a resounding YES.

Verse 20–God is greater than our feelings. He knows ALL about us and is still full of mercy and love.

Verse 23–His commandments are to trust Him and love each other. 

P.S. We were honored by the children’s ministry at James’ church during the service. Kay was given a “right on” prophecy by a 9-year-old young man and an original 16 X 20 oil Christian painting completed during worship by a 7-year-old young lady. Jordan knows both of them very well. That was very special.

PSS. Finally, I recommend you purchase and read the book “The 10 Principles of EFFECTIVE PARENTING” by James and Claire Dunham. I know this couple and their family very well. OK, I’m prejudice. It’s still a great book. It’s their second book.