February 9 – Letters of John

Read James 1:22-25

This week, we are going to take a little different approach to the devotional time. If you’re anything like me, it is all too easy to read a chapter of the Bible, pray over it and maybe think about it a little bit, but then be done with it. I’m ashamed to say that it can almost become checking a box on a Christian to-do list.

Can you relate?

In an effort to truly engage with the text rather than just skimming it, the format of these devos are structured a little differently. Instead of just commentary, there are questions sprinkled throughout to ask yourself. As you work your way through each passage of Scripture, ask the questions to yourself and challenge yourself to truly engage with the text of the day.

For this, we are going to journey to the back of our Bibles to three different letters that the Apostle John wrote. In the New Testament, when John or Paul writes a letter, it was to a specific group of people for a specific reason. As you read through these letters this week, try to identify the “why” behind the writing. John is very clear and direct in his writing and would often let some unfiltered thoughts come out of his mouth and through his pen…almost like Paul. Even if John was writing to people a couple thousand years ago, the principles still relate to us today.

The time required to read these devos each day may take a little longer. However, you will get out of this what you put into it. We pray that you will set aside the time to engage with John’s letters and apply the principles to your own life.

Thank you for taking this journey along with us! Tomorrow morning, we will dive into 1 John and begin learning about how we can become the best followers of Christ that we can!

Jake Lawson

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