1 John 5:1-12 (CEB)

1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ  has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, 4 for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. 5 Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 6 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. 7 There are three that testify:   8 the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. 9 If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10 Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God  have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.   

 1 John 5:11-12(CEB)

11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.   

DEVOTION – Sue Peters (Eastern Cape, South Africa)

Recently, I attended our local high school’s open day, hoping to get my son admitted for the last year.  Everything was new, exciting, and different, and I longed to see my son in the school.  However, while 600 parents were present, the school had only 150 vacancies.  I wondered if my son would get in.  Then, I found among the application forms a paper that stated, “If you live in the vicinity of the school and are a rightful resident in the area, you will not be refused entry.”  What a relief!

I am a relatively new Christian and often have doubts about being accepted into heaven.  This experience helped me to see Easter as God’s open day for entry into God’s heavenly kingdom.  The news of the kingdom is good news for everyone.  Anyone can apply.  If Jesus is our Lord and Savior and we live faithfully, our admission is guaranteed.  We may fail a grade or two or get bad marks; but if Jesus lives in our hearts, we will get in.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Because God is faithful we can be certain of eternal life.

PRAYER: God of all, increase our faith in your word and give us courage to seek to live near  the cross always.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: THOSE WHO STRUGGLE WITH DOUBT

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