The prayer of one aging saint, “Lord, keep me from becoming a bitter old man,” is worth remembering. How easy it is to let our age dictate our attitude as we grow older. Rather than becoming more mellow and gracious, some choose to get more stubborn and belligerent. Thankfully, that isn’t true of everyone—and certainly not of the Apostle John! Though almost at the century mark, he continued to be known for his Christlike life and love. Not surprisingly, John developed the theme of love early in his letter. He had seen love on display throughout the years of his Master’s ministry, up to and beyond the night when John sat beside Jesus during the Last Supper. John vividly remembered and later recorded that “[Jesus] loved them to the end” (John 13:1). And so should we, Jesus’s followers, love others.
1 John 2:7-11
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