Joel 1-3, 1 John 5
I love how he calls us little children to encourage us to have faith like them. I also found it interesting that he said there is sin that leads to death & sin that does not lead to death. But all wrongdoing is sin.
21“Fear not, O land;
be glad and rejoice,
for the Lord has done great things!
I have absolutely loved 1 John. It’s a great mix of theology in proving Jesus is the son of God, and more emotional takeaways and guidance for everyday living
Even now, in any circumstance, we may return to the Lord who is gracious and merciful and place our trust in Him who saves and is willing to save. What a glorious truth.
We love God when we keep his commandments and it is not burdensome- all the commandments show us how to love God and love others but without knowing Christ as Savior we can’t access the supernatural power of His Spirit that allows us to be children of God not children of the world. The world calls very different things loving than scripture does and without a saving faith we can be pulled into the world’s standard based on “not-god” and evil vs what God says is right.
10The earth quakes before them;
the heavens tremble.
The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.
13and rend your hearts and not your garments.”
Return to the Lord your God,
for he is gracious and merciful,
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love;
and he relents over disaster.
27You shall know that I am in the midst of Israel,
and that I am the Lord your God and there is none else.
And my people shall never again be put to shame. 28 “And it shall come to pass afterward,
that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
your old men shall dream dreams,
and your young men shall see visions.
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