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Day 355 – The Things of This World

Thoughts and Reflection

Today we read that we cannot truly love God unless we love all of those around us. John also gives us examples of how we can test our own faith. Are we caught up with things of this world? Is it difficult to love others? If the answer is yes to either then we have work to do.

John emphasizes our identity as the sons and daughters of God. Paul also diecast thoughts that Jesus’ return is imminent in Thessalonians. They still have work to do.

About This Project

For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!

Daily Readings

1 John 1

1 Something which has existed since the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our own eyes, which we have watched and touched with our own hands, the Word of life — this is our theme.

2 That life was made visible; we saw it and are giving our testimony, declaring to you the eternal life, which was present to the Father and has been revealed to us.

3 We are declaring to you what we have seen and heard, so that you too may share our life. Our life is shared with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.

4 We are writing this to you so that our joy may be complete.

5 This is what we have heard from him and are declaring to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.

6 If we say that we share in God’s life while we are living in darkness, we are lying, because we are not living the truth.

7 But if we live in light, as he is in light, we have a share in another’s life, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

8 If we say, ‘We have no sin,’ we are deceiving ourselves, and truth has no place in us;

9 if we acknowledge our sins, he is trustworthy and upright, so that he will forgive our sins and will cleanse us from all evil.

10 If we say, ‘We have never sinned,’ we make him a liar, and his word has no place in us.

1 John 2

1 My children, I am writing this to prevent you from sinning; but if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the upright.

2 He is the sacrifice to expiate our sins, and not only ours, but also those of the whole world.

3 In this way we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.

4 Whoever says, ‘I know him’ without keeping his commandments, is a liar, and truth has no place in him.

5 But anyone who does keep his word, in such a one God’s love truly reaches its perfection. This is the proof that we are in God.

6 Whoever claims to remain in him must act as he acted.

7 My dear friends, this is not a new commandment I am writing for you, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the message you have heard.

8 Yet in another way, I am writing a new commandment for you — and this is true for you, just as much as for him — for darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

9 Whoever claims to be in light but hates his brother is still in darkness.

10 Anyone who loves his brother remains in light and there is in him nothing to make him fall away.

11 But whoever hates his brother is in darkness and is walking about in darkness not knowing where he is going, because darkness has blinded him.

12 I am writing to you, children, because your sins have been forgiven through his name.

13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you have come to know the One who has existed since the beginning. I am writing to you, young people, because you have overcome the Evil One.

14 I have written to you, children, because you have come to know the Father. I have written to you, parents, because you have come to know the One who has existed since the beginning. I have written to you, young people, because you are strong, and God’s word remains in you, and you have overcome the Evil One.

15 Do not love the world or what is in the world. If anyone does love the world, the love of the Father finds no place in him,

16 because everything there is in the world — disordered bodily desires, disordered desires of the eyes, pride in possession — is not from the Father but is from the world.

17 And the world, with all its disordered desires, is passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains for ever.

18 Children, this is the final hour; you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and now many Antichrists have already come; from this we know that it is the final hour.

19 They have gone from among us, but they never really belonged to us; if they had belonged to us, they would have stayed with us. But this was to prove that not one of them belonged to us.

20 But you have been anointed by the Holy One, and have all received knowledge.

21 I have written to you not because you are ignorant of the truth, but because you are well aware of it, and because no lie can come from the truth.

22 Who is the liar, if not one who claims that Jesus is not the Christ? This is the Antichrist, who denies both the Father and the Son.

23 Whoever denies the Son cannot have the Father either; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father too.

24 Let what you heard in the beginning remain in you; as long as what you heard in the beginning remains in you, you will remain in the Son and in the Father.

25 And the promise he made you himself is eternal life.

26 So much have I written to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.

27 But as for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you; since the anointing he gave you teaches you everything, and since it is true, not false, remain in him just as he has taught you.

28 Therefore remain in him now, children, so that when he appears we may be fearless, and not shrink from him in shame at his coming.

29 If you know that he is upright you must recognise that everyone whose life is upright is a child of his.

1 John 3

1 You must see what great love the Father has lavished on us by letting us be called God’s children — which is what we are! The reasonwhy the world does not acknowledge us is that it did not acknowledge him.

2 My dear friends, we are already God’s children, but what we shall be in the future has not yet been revealed. We are well aware that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he really is.

3 Whoever treasures this hope of him purifies himself, to be as pure as he is.

4 Whoever sins, acts wickedly, because all sin is wickedness.

5 Now you are well aware that he has appeared in order to take sins away, and that in him there is no sin.

6 No one who remains in him sins, and whoever sins has neither seen him nor recognised him.

7 Children, do not let anyone lead you astray. Whoever acts uprightly is upright, just as he is upright.

8 Whoever lives sinfully belongs to the devil, since the devil has been a sinner from the beginning. This was the purpose of the appearing of the Son of God, to undo the work of the devil.

9 No one who is a child of God sins because God’s seed remains in him. Nor can he sin, because he is a child of God.

10 This is what distinguishes the children of God from the children of the devil: whoever does not live uprightly and does not love his brother is not from God.

11 This is the message which you heard from the beginning, that we must love one another,

12 not to be like Cain, who was from the Evil One and murdered his brother. And why did he murder his brother? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s upright.

13 Do not be surprised, brothers, if the world hates you.

14 We are well aware that we have passed over from death to life because we love our brothers. Whoever does not love, remains in death.

15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you are well aware that no murderer has eternal life remaining in him.

16 This is the proof of love, that he laid down his life for us, and we too ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

17 If anyone is well-off in worldly possessions and sees his brother in need but closes his heart to him, how can the love of God be remaining in him?

18 Children, our love must be not just words or mere talk, but something active and genuine.

19 This will be the proof that we belong to the truth, and it will convince us in his presence,

20 even if our own feelings condemn us, that God is greater than our feelings and knows all things.

21 My dear friends, if our own feelings do not condemn us, we can be fearless before God,

22 and whatever we ask we shall receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what is acceptable to him.

23 His commandment is this, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and that we should love one another as he commanded us.

24 Whoever keeps his commandments remains in God, and God in him. And this is the proof that he remains in us: the Spirit that he has given us.

2 Thessalonians 1

1 Paul, Silvanus and Timothy, to the Church in Thessalonica which is in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

2 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 We must always thank God for you, brothers; quite rightly, because your faith is growing so wonderfully and the mutual love that each one of you has for all never stops increasing.

4 Among the churches of God we take special pride in you for your perseverance and faith under all the persecutions and hardships you have to bear.

5 It all shows that God’s judgement is just, so that you may be found worthy of the kingdom of God; it is for the sake of this that you are suffering now.

6 For God’s justice will surely mean hardship being inflicted on those who are now inflicting hardship on you,

7 and for you who are now suffering hardship, relief with us, when the Lord Jesus appears from heaven with the angels of his power.

8 He will come amid flaming fire; he will impose a penalty on those who do not acknowledge God and refuse to accept the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

9 Their punishment is to be lost eternally, excluded from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his strength

10 on that day when he comes to be glorified among his holy ones and marvelled at by all who believe in him; and you are among those who believed our witness.

11 In view of this we also pray continually that our God will make you worthy of his call, and by his power fulfil all your desires for goodness, and complete all that you have been doing through faith;

12 so that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you and you in him, by the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians 2

1 About the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, brothers, and our being gathered to him:

2 please do not be too easily thrown into confusion or alarmed by any manifestation of the Spirit or any statement or any letter claiming to come from us, suggesting that the Day of the Lord has already arrived.

3 Never let anyone deceive you in any way. It cannot happen until the Great Revolt has taken place and there has appeared the wicked One, the lost One,

4 the Enemy, who raises himself above every so-called God or object of worship to enthrone himself in God’s sanctuary and flaunts the claim that he is God.

5 Surely you remember my telling you about this when I was with you?

6 And you know, too, what is still holding him back from appearing before his appointed time.

7 The mystery of wickedness is already at work, but let him who is restraining it once be removed,

8 and the wicked One will appear openly. The Lord will destroy him with the breath of his mouth and will annihilate him with his glorious appearance at his coming.

9 But the coming of the wicked One will be marked by Satan being at work in all kinds of counterfeit miracles and signs and wonders,

10 and every wicked deception aimed at those who are on the way to destruction because they would not accept the love of the truthand so be saved.

11 And therefore God sends on them a power that deludes people so that they believe what is false,

12 and so that those who do not believe the truth and take their pleasure in wickedness may all be condemned.

13 But we must always thank God for you, brothers whom the Lord loves, because God chose you from the beginning to be saved by the Spirit who makes us holy and by faith in the truth.

14 Through our gospel he called you to this so that you should claim as your own the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

15 Stand firm, then, brothers, and keep the traditions that we taught you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father who has given us his love and, through his grace, such ceaseless encouragement and such sure hope,

17 encourage you and strengthen you in every good word and deed.

2 Thessalonians 3

1 Finally, brothers, pray for us that the Lord’s message may spread quickly, and be received with honour as it was among you;

2 and pray that we may be preserved from bigoted and evil people, for not everyone has faith.

3 You can rely on the Lord, who will give you strength and guard you from the evil One,

4 and we, in the Lord, have every confidence in you, that you are doing and will go on doing all that we tell you.

5 May the Lord turn your hearts towards the love of God and the perseverance of Christ.

6 In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we urge you, brothers, to keep away from any of the brothers who lives an undisciplined life, not in accordance with the tradition you received from us.

7 You know how you should take us as your model: we were not undisciplined when we were with you,

8 nor did we ever accept food from anyone without paying for it; no, we worked with unsparing energy, night and day, so as not to be a burden on any of you.

9 This was not because we had no right to be, but in order to make ourselves a model for you to imitate.

10 We urged you when we were with you not to let anyone eat who refused to work.

11 Now we hear that there are some of you who are living lives without any discipline, doing no work themselves but interfering with other people’s.

12 In the Lord Jesus Christ, we urge and call on people of this kind to go on quietly working and earning the food that they eat.

13 My brothers, never slacken in doing what is right.

14 If anyone refuses to obey what I have written in this letter, take note of him and have nothing to do with him, so that he will be ashamed of himself,

15 though you are not to treat him as an enemy, but to correct him as a brother.

16 May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with you all.

17 This greeting is in my own hand-PAUL. It is the mark of genuineness in every letter; this is my own writing.

18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Proverbs 30:20-23

20 This is how an adulteress behaves: she eats, then wipes her mouth and says, ‘I have done nothing wrong!’

21 There are three things at which the earth trembles, four, indeed, which it cannot endure:

22 a slave become king, a brute gorged with food,

23 a hateful woman wed at last, a servant girl inheriting from her mistress.


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