by Stan Coffey

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Perfect Love (17 of 20)
Series: Blessed Assurance
Stan Coffey
1 John 4:17-21

(Read I John 4:17-21)

The word perfect means complete or mature. Herein is our love made (complete) or our love made (mature). Literally, mature love thrusts fear out the door. We could never adequately talk about or explain or sing about or share about the love of God.

Could we with ink the ocean fill
And were the skies of parchment made
And every stalk on earth a quill
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry,
Nor could the whole contain the scroll
Though stretched from sky to sky.

The fathomless love of God - in these five verses, the word love is given to us some eleven times, and the emphasis is upon love that is complete, love that is mature, love that has reached its apex. First of all, he talks about love in relation to our future, then he talks about love in relation to the Father. First, I want you to see love in relation to our future. He casts our thoughts out into the future. He talks there about the Day of Judgment. And of course, we know that the Bible teaches that there is going to be a time of reckoning; there's going to be a day of judgment. Men may laugh and scoff at this, they can not believe it if they want to, but the Bible says that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give an account in the day of judgment. The Bible says, ''So then every one of us must give an account of himself to God. But God hath appointed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained whereof He hath given all men assurance in that He hath raised Him from the dead.'' A day of judgment is coming. You can either face judgment with anxiety, or you can face judgment with assurance.

He speaks here of perfect love as it relates to our future as we look at the judgment of God. He says that there may be anxiety as we face the future judgment. In I John 4:18 he uses the word ...

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