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Most people would say that they’re not gullible, but that other people are. Gullibility is the tendency to be easily persuaded that something is real or true when it is not. It’s amazing the stuff people will believe. Gullibility is like the person who bought an app that tests your gullibility for only $500. In contrast, the apostle John tells us that we can believe with certainty what God says as true. “We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it

The apostle John declares that “Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:5). How do we know for sure? Describing Jesus as a deceiver (“that deceiver”) or as deluded (“out of his mind”) are not new (Matthew 27:63; Mark 3:21). John wants us to know that three infallible witnesses prove that Jesus is God. “This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the

“For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God” (1 John 5:4-5). The pressures of this world overwhelm us – an unrelenting pandemic, racial injustice, power outages, employment issues, family concerns, too much month left at the end of our money. As our outer world is crushed, we’re threatened to collapse on the inside. Give up this difficult

We cannot be right with God and not be right with others. “Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister” (1 John 4:20-21). Do you have a broken or strained relationship with any other person? When you

This is one of those verses that always seems a little hard for me to reach. “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love” (1 John 4:18). I think to myself, “I guess my love is not yet perfected, because I still struggle at times with fear!” When I was a child, I was afraid of something lurking the dark. As a