I'm afraid I'm going to have to be firm here. First John is not written to cause Christians to doubt their salvation. There are just too many teachers out there using it that way; giving the idea that John's intention was to weed out the false professors from the true possessors of eternal life. I don't question their motives. Many think the way to get Christians serious about living the Christian life is to whip them with the fear of Hell. Number one, it's not correct Biblic
Ever wondered why it is we tend to find the speculations and ruminations of men so much more fascinating than the Words of God?
The so-called "Church fathers" (many of whom I would not want to consider fathers of mine!), the Apocrypha, "the friends of God," the writers of the Talmud, etc. -- none of them claimed to be inspired of God. They don't contain the incredible unity, the dynamic power, or the fulfillment of prophecy that we find in the scriptures, themselves.
"Scripture is a book for life; and as life is full of affliction, so the Word of God abounds with counsel and comfort for the afflicted. For to view and to bear affliction aright is not easy; in fact, it is impossible without God's Word and Spirit. We are inclined either to despise the chastening of the Lord, or to faint under it. We try to bear trials in pride, in our own strength, without recognizing that they are sent by our Father to humble us, to lead us to self-examinat
Still not always “kissing the waves,” if we’re being honest, but at least I always recognize that I should.
And that’s an important step.
Faith means “counting” or considering them kissable (James 1:2-4), and kissing them anyway, when the things that hurt you the worst don’t appear very kissable at all.