Joy is meant to be shared. I love it when I receive great news from a friend.

“Mr. Right popped the question, and the Lord is joining us together as man and wife.”

“I landed the job of my dreams, and God has opened the door for me to use my gifts in a wonderful place.”

“We thought we were forever infertile, but our Heavenly Father has planted two tiny babies in my womb.”

When God shows up and does something spectacular, we simply cannot stay silent. An answered prayer is like sunshine bursting through the clouds after a very stormy season of darkness.

John began his epistle by sharing joyous news. He could not keep his mouth closed because God had revealed Himself in a magnificent way. His hope was that we would know the Truth and join him in celebrating:

Hallelujah! From the beginning in eternity past, God had a plan in place to rescue us.

Jesus took on flesh and came to rescue us from sin. We are experiencing true life because of our Savior. Yes and Amen!

God the Father is actively present in our lives. All who have received Christ have an abiding, enduring friendship with God this world cannot take away. Thank you, Jesus!

My friends, we have reason to celebrate. We have Good News to share. We will never be the same.

We cannot stay silent because Jesus has come, and He has changed our lives forever.

As we begin our journey through John’s epistles, may our hearts overflow with the joy of the Lord. The enemy of our souls wants us to forget our Savior has conquered the grave and will one day dispel all the darkness in this fallen world, forever. Our adversary wants to fill us with doubt so we stay silent. Let’s resolve to testify of God’s goodness in our lives with every fiber of our being. Good News is meant to be shared.

John heard Jesus speak words of life with his own ears, saw His glory with his own eyes, and touched His resurrected body with his own hands. He knew Jesus was the real deal. He wanted everyone to experience the same joy planted deep in his heart.

Friend, has Jesus forever changed your destiny? Has His Word powerfully transformed who you are? Have you witnessed God answer your prayers and marveled at His wonder? You hold the word of life, and someone near you needs to hear.

If God has touched your life, don’t stay silent. Shout the gospel truth with all your heart: Salvation is here, and His name is Jesus.

Our joy is multiplied when we open up our mouths to share Christ.

Week 1 Challenge:

This week, practice confessing your sin as soon as it happens. Ask God to reveal your sin to you, and be faithful to confess it to Him and to others right away. Take note of how this affects your attitude and actions around sin and also your understanding and belief in God’s grace.

Week 1 Reading Plan:

Week 1 Memory Verse:

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Lyli Dunbar

Lyli Dunbar

Lyli Dunbar enjoys singing silly karaoke in the car with her husband, digging into Bible study with the girls, and reading twelve books at a time. A writer, speaker, and Biblical Life Coach, her mission is to encourage the weary hearted with fuel for a wildfire faith.

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