33 thoughts inspired by 2 hours in 1 John

After spending two hours in the biblical book of 1 John, I was inspired to write these thoughts. Can you tell which verse each one came from?

  • Biblical Christianity is about experiencing heart-connection with God and with people.
  • Happiness is incomplete without heart-to-heart connection with other people.
  • When we humbly walk in the light with other people, heart-connection happens.
  • Heart-connection with Jesus will teach you infinitely more than a sermon ever can.
  • Religious information without heart-connection with the living Jesus is powerless.
  • Love establishes and maintains heart-connection with God and with people.
  • True fellowship is heart-to-heart connection, not casual socializing.
  • People’s hearts connect when they tell each other about their experiences with Jesus.
  • Hostility disconnects hearts.
  • Hatred is heart-disconnection. Caring requires a humble, open heart.
  • Your heart can connect, even with your enemies, if you will see them thru God’s love.
  • To choose darkness over light is to break connection with the living Jesus.
  • Heart-connection with the living Jesus causes us to want to keep His commandments.
  • When your heart is disconnected from the living God, it’s subject to much malware.
  • Heart-connection isn’t just sentiment. It produces caring actions and encouraging words.
  • Heart-connection with Jesus, leads us to obey Him & frees us from self-condemnation.
  • All the religion in the world, does us little good, if we’re disconnected from God.
  • When your heart is connected with the living Jesus, you overcome the world’s malware.
  • People who are connected to Jesus’ network, experience connection to each other.
  • Heart-connection with Jesus dissolves human hierarchy into mutual humility.
  • When we connect heart-to-heart, the living God is present and active among us.
  • God showed His heart-connection to us by sending His Son, so that we can connect with Him.
  • Superficial interaction is incomplete. We’re designed for heart-to-heart connection.
  • To hide your heart is to rob yourself of the delight of living in God’s light.
  • To hide and protect your heart is to choose to disobey: “Quench not the Spirit.”
  • When your heart is actively connected with Jesus, you can’t ignore His presence.
  • Heart-connection with Jesus creates many amazing interactions and experiences.
  • The more our heart is connected to Jesus, the more He will live His life in and through us.
  • If you will let your heart connect with Jesus, you’ll wonder why you were ever afraid.
  • If your heart is truly open to Jesus, it won’t be closed to people.
  • This is how we know our heart is connected to the living Jesus: We obey Him.
  • All wrongdoing is malware that disrupts our connection with the living Jesus.
  • We need Christ’s inner volcanic eruption to overcome our tendency toward corruption.

About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @ http://amzn.to/2nCr5dP
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