Posts Tagged ‘God’s Love

13
Nov
17

What We Know

Toward the end of 1 John 5, the Apostle John talks about some of the things that Christians know. In verse 20, this is what he says we know:

We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. – 1 John 5:20 (NIV)

Jesus came into the world so that we could know God, the One who is true. Not only do we know Him, but we are in Him through faith in Christ. Jesus is not only the Son of God, but He IS God and the source of eternal life. We can trust our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ for they are true and always have our best in mind and at heart. God wants what is best for us and though it may not seem like it at the time, God knows better than we know. Our desire should be to know the Father and the Son through the Holy Spirit and to trust them to do what is loving and best in our lives.
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31
Oct
17

Loving God’s Children

When we express our faith in Jesus by believing in Him, repenting from sin, confessing our faith and being baptized, we are born again and made children of God. If we say that we love God, then we must love His other children, too. John wrote:

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. – 1 John 5:1-2 (NIV)

The way that we show that we love God is by obeying His commands. Jesus gave His disciples one last command on the night before He was crucified: love one another. When we love one another, we demonstrate our love for God. When we love one another, we show that we belong to Jesus. When we love one another, we show the world that He is real. Only Jesus could bring so many different and diverse people together in love. Let’s love God today by loving one another.
30
Oct
17

How Do We Love God?

Jesus said that the greatest commandment is to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. So how do we do that? What is the evidence of our love for God? The Apostle John gives us a clue when he writes:

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. – 1 John 4:20-21 (NIV)

We are to love God by loving people. God pours out His love into our hearts through Jesus. We then take that love we have received and we love others in return. We love our spouses, our neighbors, our fellow Christ-followers and yes, even our enemies. The proof that we love God is how we love other people.
27
Oct
17

He Loved Us First

Why should we love one another in the church? Why should we love our enemies? Why should we love our neighbors as ourselves? Why should we love anyone at all? The answer is simple and it is found in 1 John 4:19. The Apostle John wrote:

We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19 (NIV)

God is love and He reached out to us in love when He sent Jesus to earth to pay the penalty for our sinfulness. God loved us first. He didn’t wait for us to love Him. He didn’t wait for us to reach out to Him. He didn’t wait for us to come to our senses. He has been loving us from before the time we were born. He has been loving the world from before the time He created it. He loves every single person on this planet unconditionally. Since God loves the world, so should we. That means the worst of sinners and the best of saints. It means the poorest of the poor to the richest of the rich. It means Democrats and Republicans. It means Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, Jews and Atheists. We love men and women, gay and straight and everyone in between. We love all people – red and yellow, black and white and brown ones, too. If you’re not loving people, then you’re doing it wrong. We love everyone because God loves everyone. He loved us first.
26
Oct
17

No Fear In Love

John said in verse 17 that we can approach God the Father with confidence just like Jesus could when He was on the earth. How is this even possible? God is God and we are not. God is holy and righteous and just. He is perfect and we are most definitely not perfect. So how can we, imperfect sinners, approach a holy God with such confidence? The answer is: love. John wrote:

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 4:18 (NIV)

We do not have to fear God because He is not out to punish us. He is out to love us. He punished Jesus on the cross when He poured out all of His wrath on His Son. He has no more wrath for you! All He has for you is forgiveness. You do not have to be terrified of God. He’s not out to get you! He’s only out to get you into Heaven! If you’re terrified of God, you need to experience His love for His love makes all of the difference.
25
Oct
17

Confidence Before The Father

Are you terrified of God’s judgment? Are you afraid of your Heavenly Father? Do you fear His wrath and punishment? It may be because your faith is flawed. The Apostle John wrote:

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. – 1 John 4:17 (NIV)

John says that we are like Jesus. How is that possible?!? When most of us look at our lives we think that we are NOTHING like Jesus! After all, He was perfect and we are not! While that is true, that’s not John’s point. When God washes away our sins in the blood of Christ, He makes us like Jesus. We have full and free access to the Father by His love and grace. We do not have to fear the wrath and punishment of God because we are loved and forgiven. Put your confidence in God’s unconditional love and His amazing grace. His wrath was satisfied at the cross and your punishment was taken by Jesus.
19
Oct
17

Let’s Love Each Other

In 1 John 4, the Apostle John is reminding his audience that God put the love He has for the world into action. He did not merely love with words. God put love into action when He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice that would take away our sins forever. So how do we respond to such love? We love others. John wrote:

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. – 1 John 4:11 (NIV)

We receive the love of God and should share that kind of love with others. Jesus said to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. The key to being a follower of Jesus is to live a life of love. Love God and love people. We can get it so wrong thinking that being a follower of Christ is all about being right. Being a follower of Christ is all about love. We love God because He loves us and because He loves us, we love others. There is no better way to live.



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