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The Apostle John is the author of five New Testament books: the gospel of John, the three short epistles that also bear his name (1, 2, and 3 John) and the book of Revelation. John was part of Jesu...
Peter and John were the two disciples that were closest to Jesus. We can see that Peter did things out of his love for Jesus. The thing we can learn from the life of John is this; he did things out of Jesus' love for him. The motivation is completely different and in Peters case is work for approval. If I do something God will love me more and bless me more. This is a works mentality, and lacks the true understanding of Gods love for us. An immature christian perhaps. Johns motivation is based on his understanding that God loves him and blesses him no matter what. John knew he did not have to compete for Jesus' approval but had it in spite of some of the things he said and did. Johns thoughts are "I don't have it all together but none the less God loves me and so I am going to do things out of His love for me since it compels me to do so". That should be our motivation; we should do things because God loves us, out of His love for us, not do things out of our love for God because we lean to doing things to get His approval. We already have it, no matter what we do we always have Gods approval, we are the apple of His eye, always!
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