1 John 1:3, 4 - Sharing Jesus With Joy.

1 John 1:3, 4 (NLT) We proclaim to you what 
we ourselves have actually seen and heard so 
that you may have fellowship with us. And our 
fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus 
Christ. 4 We are writing these things so that you 
may fully share our joy.  

1 John 1:3, 4 (MSG) We saw it, we heard it, 
and now we're telling you so you can experience 
it along with us, this experience of communion 
with the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 Our 
motive for writing is simply this: We want you to 
enjoy this, too. Your joy will double our joy!  


   When my wife, Lois, and I started dating, 
I came up with a strategy to encourage her to 
fall more in love with me. She was a lot in love 
with me from the beginning, but I wanted to 
increase that. 
   What I decided to do was to take her to 
the amusement park. Once we had wandered around 
the amusement park for a while, and had enjoyed 
some of the games and food, I coolly asked her if 
she wanted to ride the Wild Mouse. Lois had 
never been on the Wild Mouse ride before. But I 
had. I knew how wild the Wild Mouse really was. 
She didn't have any idea because it looked like 
an innocent ride. 
   I knew Lois' personality and that going 
on the Wild Mouse would be a tough situation 
for her. But I hadn't told her that. I had only 
mentioned that we should go on a nice ride together. 
   So we got on the Wild Mouse. The thing 
began to shoot out making it seem like our small 
car was going to fly right off of the edge of 
the track. Lois screamed. Then she scooted 
closer to me. Our car veered to the right and then 
shot out again making it seem like we were going 
to zoom straight out into mid-air. Lois 
screamed again. Then she scooted even more closely to 
me this time. By the end of the ride, Lois 
wasn't sitting far away from me at all. She was 
sitting as close as possible. That had been my 
   I had wanted Lois to sit closer all 
along. The Wild Mouse accomplished that. 
   Sometimes God puts us on a wild ride. 
Life seems to be out of our control. At times, 
God allows these situations because He knows 
they will move us closer to Him and when we get 
closer to Him, we will discover that He is more 
than we ever imagined Him to be.  [Alternative 
View with Dr. Tony Evans; 


   Daniel Rowlands, a famous Welsh 
revivalist of a past century, said: "The whole purpose 
of the Christian message can be summarized in a 
single word - fellowship."  
   What did he mean? First John 1:3 spells 
it out clearly: "And indeed our fellowship is 
with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ." 
Listen to it as it appears in The Amplified Bible: 
"What we have seen and ourselves heard, we are 
also telling you, so that you too may realize and 
enjoy fellowship as partners and partakers with 
us. And this fellowship that we have  is with 
the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ, the 
Messiah." At first, John seems to say that the 
fellowship is "with us," but he hastens to add that our 
fellowship "is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus 
   Follow me carefully now, for what I am 
about to say can be easily misunderstood: the 
person who does not know fellowship with God can 
never know fellowship with anyone else. It must be 
noted that I am here using the word "fellowship" 
in its highest possible sense. The one who does 
not know fellowship with God will feel, 
consciously or unconsciously, that he is cut off from 
the very roots of his being. He will feel like a 
spiritual orphan. This is why our horizontal 
relationships - that is, our relationship with ourselves 
and with others - can never be fully realized 
until we experience a vertical relationship, a 
relationship with God. Only when we are reconciled with 
God do we have the potential for experiencing 
true fellowship with ourselves and with others. 
[Every Day With Jesus Bible with Selwyn Hughes 
devotional re 1 Corinthians 1:9] 

   Jesus calls us to be His witnesses. 
When some Christians hear this word, they worry 
that they need exceptional skill or charisma in 
order to share the good news with others. Yet to 
witness is not to merely speak of the plan of 
salvation to someone. The word literally means to see, 
hear, or know by personal presence and perception; 
to testify; bear witness to; give or afford 
evidence of. When John wrote that he was sharing what 
he had experienced first-hand, he was saying, 
I am full of joy because of the experience of 
knowing Jesus, and I want to invite you to share in 
that joy! 
   When youre in love with someone, you 
are excited about the relationship and time 
spent together. Likewise, when youre in love 
with Jesus, you cant keep to yourself the joy 
that comes from knowing Him - it just spills 
over, bearing witness and strengthening other 
believers. In fact, as you give testimony of who God is 
and how Hes working in your life, it makes no 
difference whether you speak quietly or with great 
exuberance: in their spirit, Christians will pick up on 
the deep, genuine gladness in your heart that 
goes beyond natural happiness. And people who 
dont yet know the Lord will find themselves 
hungering for the relationship you have. In that way, 
they will be drawn to His Spirit in you. 
   Witnessing is not a matter of eloquence 
or talent. Its an overflow of the personal 
relationship with Jesus Christ that is conforming you to 
His image. As you allow the Holy Spirit to 
increasingly express His life and power through you, 
contagious joy will be fruit of His indwelling 
presence. [In Touch Daily Devotional by Charles 
Stanley at www.intouch.org] 


1 John 1:3, 4 - Sharing Jesus With Joy.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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