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These things I have written to you about those who are trying to deceive you. Now as for you, the anointing that you received from him resides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things, it is true and is not a lie. Just as it has taught you, you reside in him.
The annointing that we receive from Jesus is the Holy Spirit. He is our seal in Christ Jesus. We all encounter times when we struggle as Christians. We struggle to do the things we think we ought to do for Christ, struggle to say the right things to the right people, or struggle to deal with the loss of a loved one. When we struggle as believers however, we are not "losing" our faith. Our work is to "remain in Him". Be comforted and affirmed that the Lord's hold on you is strong enough and cling to His strength.
Nevertheless you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know. I have not written to you that you do not know the truth, but that you do know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is the liar but the person who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This one is the antichrist: the person who denies the Father and the Son. Everyone who denies the Son does not have the Father either. The person who confesses the Son has the Father also.
Recognizing Jesus is the Son of God (the Christ, the Messiah) is everything. Each person has the freedom to believe however and whatever they want to believe about Jesus. It is clear however that what you choose to believe about Jesus Christ means life or death...in the eternal sense. I pray that as we are engaged by the Holy spirit to introduce and share the gospel message with those we know, that we would respond and obey His leading! I pray that He would go before us and ready their hearts, and lead us in how to best live for Christ to show them the way.
We have come to know love by this: that Jesus laid down his life for us; thus we ought to lay down our lives for our fellow Christians. But whoever has the world’s possessions and sees his fellow Christian in need and shuts off his compassion against him, how can the love of God reside in such a person?
The matter of loving one another is a call to laying down our lives. We are continually being sanctified as we train in obedience to Christ. Through this process we find that the laying down of our lives extends to the body of Christ as well. If someone is in need and we see it as a matter of convenience to assist them when we have the means, we minimize the love and power of Christ to nothing. Jesus laid down his life to save us and emulate how we should love one another. The challenge to us is to be able to set aside our own priorities and meet the needs of the body of Christ.
I rejoiced greatly because I have found some of your children living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded us. Warning Against False Teachers But now I ask you, lady (not as if I were writing a new commandment to you, but the one we have had from the beginning), that we love one another. (Now this is love: that we walk according to his commandments.) This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning; thus you should walk in it.
Obedience to God's commands shows Him that you love Him. In our fallen world it has become disconnected from how many people define love. Obedience is necessary because it means that you trust the One you love. We serve a God who is holy, perfect, and present in our daily lives. We please Him as we love Him and love others. This is in response to Him first loving us and sending His Son Jesus Christ to save us! The New Testament gospel message is infused with the truth of the Old Testament commandments. Belief in Jesus is obedience to God and frees us to continue in love.
I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints. I pray that the faith you share with us may deepen your understanding of every blessing that belongs to you in Christ. I have had great joy and encouragement because of your love, for the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
Today I wish to encourage you all to love God's people. One of the ways in which we can love God's people is to exemplify what Paul does in these verses. Paul writes to Philemon, a brother in Christ, and shares with him positive feedback on his walk with the Lord. He communicates worth and encouragement to Philemon by sharing the impact Philemon has had on him. It is clear that Paul appreciates Philemon, and he tells him so here. If there is someone you appreciate that shows you the love of Christ and encourages your faith - tell them today!