Affirm that you are in the presence of God.
Allow your attention to roam over the previous day.
Ask the Spirit of God to help you notice moments of particular attentiveness or responsiveness to God.
Ask the Spirit of God to help you notice moments of particular inattentiveness or unresponsiveness to God.
Give thanks for grace for the moments of particular presence to God.
Express regret for the moments of particular lack of presence to God.
Give thanks for God’s faithfulness to you. Ask him to continue his work in you that you may become more and more present to him with each passing day.
Read through the passage (1 John 2:28-3:10 below) a few times slowly.
3. Visual Commentary
Processing something visually can help you to understand it in new, deeper ways. At the end of your time, you’ll have a one-page visual diagram/picture of the passage. You might have to go through a couple iterations to get to something that makes sense, and that’s okay! The visual processing is part of you absorbing the text. These questions might help you organize the passage visually:
What words or phrases are repeated?
What ideas stand in juxtaposition or contrast to each other?
What are some of the “therefore” or “because of this” connections?
What is the overall message?
What are some labels mentioned in the text? And to what do they refer?
We will come together and share our pictures with each other to learn from each other.
Children of God
28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 29 If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears[a] we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
4 Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness. 5 You know that he appeared in order to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. 6 No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s[b] seed abides in him; and he cannot keep on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
(a) 1 John 3:2 Or when it appears
(b) 1 John 3:9 Greek his