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1 John 4:7-9
Dear friends, let us love one another, for
love comes from God. Everyone who loves
has been born of God and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know
God, because God is love. This is how God
showed His love among us: He sent His one
and only Son into the world that we might
live through Him.
1 John 4:10-12
This is love: not that we loved God, but that
He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning
sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since
God so loved us, we also ought to love one
another. No one has ever seen God; but if
we love one another, God lives in us and
His love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:13-16
We know that we live in Him and He in us,
because He has given us of His Spirit. And
we have seen and testify that the Father
has sent His Son to be the Savior of the
world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus
is the Son of God, God lives in him and he
in God. And so we know and rely on the
love God has for us. God is love. Whoever
lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
1 John 4:17-18
In this way, love is made complete among
us so that we will have confidence on the
day of judgment, because in this world we
are like Him. There is no fear in love. But
perfect love drives out fear, because fear
has to do with punishment. The one who
fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:19-21
We love because He first loved us. If
anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his
brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does
not love his brother, whom he has seen,
cannot love God, Whom he has not seen.
And He has given this command: Whoever
loves God must also love his brother.
If we want to ‘walk the
walk’, then we need to
understand how God
John blends a confession of Jesus, life of
righteousness, and a life of love as
CHARACTERISTICS of one born of God.
We need to allow God to define love for us;
otherwise, we will get TRIPPED up on what it
means to ‘love one another.’
Scripture describes what
love is by what love
DOES, not how love
God loved us in our sin by PROVIDING the
means for forgiveness, not by AGREEING
with our lifestyle choices.
God wants to REPRODUCE His love in and
Our new birth is not the
result of our ABILITY to
love, but the ABILITY to
love the result of our
Love is not a FEELING that I hold as much as
a CHOICE that I make…
Part of the way that we love GOD is by loving
Please take a moment to fill out your
My Next Step Today is to:
( ) Do the home life help (in bulletin)
( ) Meditate on 1 John 4:9-12
( ) Read and reflect on 1 John
( ) Evaluate where I need to grow: belief,
behavior, and/or love
( ) Ask God to love [insert name] through
( ) Other________________________