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Part of the FBCS 2010 Read Through the Bible Project: Enter the Story. Join the Song.

Linked.

1 John 2    2 Chronicles 35    Psalm 89:38-52

“All Judah and Jerusalem mourned for Josiah” (2 Chronicles 35:24). We are reminded in today’s readings that our lives are intimately linked with the lives of others, making our choices, attitudes, and behaviors anything but personal and private. Further, what is true for all humanity is particularly true for the people of God. Observe: When leaders make choices, the community they lead is affected (2 Chronicles 34 and Psalm 89). And 1 John extends this truth to any member of the community, explaining that how we interact with others — especially other believers — has a direct impact on our relationship with God and, thus, our individual and corporate well-being (1 John 2:9-11). Linked we are . . .

“I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin” (1 John 2:1). And this word of the preacher to his listeners summarizes one of the goals of the story whole. The narratives and teachings of the scriptures are written so that we might learn from the successes, stumblings, wisdom, and foolishness of those who have gone before us, making use of those lessons in our lives together with God. And, when we fail to do so, we can reboot by the grace of Jesus, our advocate. Thank God for that!

“Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light” (1 John 2:10). We are linked. And we must never take this lightly. Notice the context of these words: “if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us” (v.19). “Remaining with” one another — staying in community — is at the core of loving one another. Why? Because it is precisely in this remaining that we learn how to “obey his commandments,” thus proving that we “know” him and live “in the light.” Linked, indeed. There is much to ponder here . . . and even more to put into practice. May we live as those who know and believe that we are forever linked in love. And may we remember that such love proves we are Jesus’ disciples. Amen.

“Whoever says ‘I abide in him,’
ought to walk just as he walked.”

— 1 John 2:6

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