1 John 5:21: Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
The world boasts of its enlightenment, but a Christian walks in the real light, because God is light. The world talks about love, but it knows nothing of the real love which a Christian experiences because “God is love.” The world displays its wisdom and learning, but a Christian lives in truth because “the Spirit is truth.” God is light, love, and truth; and these together make a life that is real. “But it makes no difference what a man believes so long as he is sincere!” This popular excuse hardly needs refutation. Does it make any difference what the pharmacist believes, or the surgeon, or the chemist? It makes all the difference in the world! A Christian has “turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.” (1 Thes. 1:9). Idols are dead, but Christ is the living God. Idols are false, but Christ is the true God. This is the secret of the life that is real! So John’s admonition, “Keep yourselves from idols,” can be paraphrased, “Watch out for the imitation and the artificial and be real!” 1
Thank you for taking this journey through 1st John over the last 105 days, as we studied each verse on a daily basis. I trust that your joy in Him is full! Would you please consider traveling with us through Proverbs. Our new DiscipleshipLiving study is called “A Word To The Wise.” It will be waiting for you in the morning. I need godly wisdom more than ever before. There is so much I need to learn about Him and His ways for my life. Thanks for your prayers, and it is my desire to bring His truth and encouragement to you each day. Blessing, Pastor Tom.
And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. 1 John 1:4
When we turn to God, we turn away from idols. – TWEET IT
Make Me Like You
Lord, thank You for giving us this epistle. We know You better, and we love You more.
1. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, p. 531). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.