God is Love.
1 John 4:7-12
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
How do we let believers know they are loved by God?
John addresses the believers as “Beloved”. He always desires the believers in Jesus to know they are loved.
The Apostle John calls all believers to love one another. If a believer loves it is evidence that he has been born of God and knows God. If a person claiming to be a believer does not love other believers, then it is evidence that he does not know God.
God made His love for people very obvious by sending His only Son to into the world to save people from their sins, that they might live eternally with Him. Jesus was the propitiation for our sins. Jesus fulfilled God’s justice by paying with His life the penalty for our sin. The penalty for sin is death, both physical and eternal in the Lake of Fire, where a non-believing person suffers torment forever.
We love because God loved us and so we are obligated to love one another. God gave us His spirit when we repented of our sin and believed the gospel. We have the capacity to love one another.
We express love by obeying His commands (1 John 5:2-3). We obey His commands by faith in Jesus. We attempt to love others and the Lord fulfills our attempt with His power.
We do not see God, but when we love we demonstrate that God abides or lives in us. When we love others, then God’s love is perfected or fulfilled in us.
Put your name where the noun love or the pronoun for love occurs in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, "Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends."
Does reading that passage with your name inserted give an accurate description of how you relate to other people? What parts do not describe you? Repent of your sin in that area and ask the Lord to help you begin to love as He loves.
May you love others today.
Three key questions to ask as we prayerfully read the scriptures:
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