I John: The Believer’s Growth in Christ.

12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.” (I John 2:12-14)

In what areas of your life in Christ are you like a little child? I have five grandchildren: four on earth and one in heaven. Of the four here on earth, it has been a joy to see them grow from infancy to childhood and for the eldest, to the brink of adolescence. There is an abandon in their displays of affection. The same can be said about when they get frustrated or angry when they do not receive what they want.

Our walk with Christ can often be described as a relationship of a heavenly father to His children. John remarks that he wrote to those in the church who were like little children. John expressed an endearment to those to whom he was writing.

He also confirmed that for those who are infants in Christ, the main and often singular truth they know is that God is their Father and He has forgiven them of their sins. What a wonderful truth to know that we, as God’s children, no longer have to bear our guilt.

In what areas of your life in Christ are you like a young man or woman? This is an individual who is beyond the age of puberty. They are in throngs of intense growth spurts and growing pains. At times, this period of a person’s life can be exciting, challenging and frightening as you are no longer a child, but not quite an adult. Awkward moments may abound. Confidence in one’s abilities may be lacking because you may not be sure what are your talents and inherent abilities.

Our walk with Christ can often be like this. As John writes, these are they who are continuing to overcome the evil one because of the strength within them due to the Word of God. Once a child, they are not maturing into spiritual and godly adulthood.

Our walk with Christ is also like being a father or mother. This is a person who is an elder or older person and a spiritual mentor to those who are younger in the faith: whether those mentored are like children or young adults. We have had those people in our lives when we were younger. Who are we mentoring now that we are older?

The church to whom John wrote was filled with people who were either children, younger adults or older adults in Christ. He also may have been referring to the various stages presently existing within each believer? In other words, in what ways in your walk with Christ are you like a little child, while at the same time you are like a young adult or a mature, elder adult?

The theme verse for this daily blog is 2 Peter 3:18 which says, But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”

Let us resolve to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior. May we continue to grow in Christ from childhood to maturity.

May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.

Soli deo Gloria!

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