“And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”
And now, little children,
John continues to appeal to born again believers.
abide in Him,
“Abide in Him” is a command. Abiding concerns both belief and behavior.
Abiding means to walk in fellowship with the Lord.
Abiding in Him means that we believe the Lord’s promises, we apply His principles, and we love Him and serve Him. We allow the Holy Spirit to fill or control us. We trust Him in everything.
Abiding means that we willingly do God’s will. It may mean that we must deal radically with some sin or injury. If we abide in Him, we are prepared to do what He asks of us. It means we accept our present situation. We may not like it, but we believe in His sovereign hand on our lives. We accept His design for our lives. Abiding in Him may mean that we may have to deal with a broken relationship. If we deal with these things, we will look forward to Jesus’ coming with confidence.