The part of this chapter where John encourages the children, fathers, and young men really jumped out at me this morning. Thinking about the folks John was writing to, most likely they were going through some real tough times. The persecution of Christians is probably in full swing. These people are living in fear of their lives, maybe wondering if their faith is all worth it. Then John sends along this letter with these words of encouragement. It must have been a miraculous shot in the spiritual arm for them!