Pocket Sized Thoughts – 1 John – Part 11

Everyone who does righteousness is born of Him.” (2:29)

Another of John’s recurrent themes is new birth. He referred to Jesus’ teaching on it to Nicodemus in John 3:1-8. There, Jesus taught how indisputable it is to be born again in order to see and enter the kingdom of God. In his letter, John refers to the qualities that should exist in the life of someone who has been born again. Once more, this is to help us to know truth from falsehood and reality from unreality. There are six characteristics that John refers to and the first is in 2:29. He simply says that one who is born of God does righteousness. His normal ‘default’ pattern is righteousness. He hates unrighteousness and will not tolerate it. All forms of unrighteousness (and obvious ones include lying, theft, drunkenness, sexual immorality, to name but a few) he will do all in his power to avoid. One who persists in unrighteousness cannot be born again, whatever he may claim. By stating this truth (and other truths), John intends that all sense of vagueness and ambiguity should not be present among God’s people.

PRAYER :- “Lord, thank you that the new birth of your life in me helps me to love and do righteousness.”