The Love of God
1 John 4:7-11
Introduction: This letter is written by the aged John the Apostle. He has matured and in doing so, he has a good grasp on who God is. John will teach us that the fullest expression of God's love occurs when believers obey the Lord.
1 John 2:5,"But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him."
I find in this passage the overarching theme of the Kingdom Life. Because of Jesus, we have a love in the present because our hope for the future is sure in Christ. Then, we must add to this present assurance of Christ's abiding presence because of the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We recognize a 3-fold basis for the Christian's life and relationship. It might be seen more clearly by the following model.
In the Present
Because of the Holy Spirit we "know and believe the love God has for us" (.16)
From the Past
"Because he first loved" we now love (.19)
From the Future
We have confidence for the day of judgment; because love casts out fear (.17-18)
"From these three sources of assurance we live our lives in the world. And we are to live in the real world; the world where the neighbor also lives. These passages conclude with that neighbor in mind. We must love the real people in the real places where we live. In the Kingdom Life there is not one ounce of escapism, but, instead, a fully involved, definite lifestyle in daily companionship with Jesus Christ."
Lloyd J. Ogilvie
I. THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF GOD'S LOVE. v.7-8
"Beloved" - divinely loved ones; God's love has been granted towards a person.
A. LOVE DEPICTS THE FAMILY. 7
"let us love one anther, for love is from God" - our Lord is asking us to do what he did, love others!
Unlike emotional, physical, or friendship love, God's love is the love of self-sacrificing service. It's the love granted to someone who needs to be loved, not necessarily to someone who is attractive or ...
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