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DeYoung points to three signs in 1 John as evidence of salvation to counsel Christians: theological, moral, social. Are these not faith, hope and love?
On the surface, hope is the least clear of the three in his post. But the “moral” sign aligns with the treatment of hope in the epistles, that it is a persevering walk in holiness, not immorality (See, for example, Col. 3:1–5, 1 Thess. 4:1–8 and 1 Jn. 3:3).
DeYoung puts all three signs in terms of love (of God, his commands, and his people). That is the primary language of John. But that is also a sensible amplification of Jesus’ summary of the Law (Matt. 22:37–40). And it doesn’t contradict Paul’s three sign of faith, hope and love. He also emphasizes love (Gal. 5:6, 1 Cor. 13:13).
Every child of divorce must walk a path of healing… The point is to see how, as children of divorce, Jesus Christ is a light in dark places, a hope for the broken, confused, and lonely…
- Everyone in a family is organically, emotionally, spiritually connected.
- For a child, experiencing a divorce is experiencing a violent storm.
- Divorce does not just separate parents.
- Divorce separates you from you.
- Brokenness is not unrighteousness.
- You didn’t do anything wrong, but you still have to heal.
- Marriage and divorce communicate something about God’s love.
- God has a special affection for you.
- God is building you to help others.
- Reach out to others who have walked this hard path.