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Water And Blood

The Apostle John says that Jesus, the Son of God, came by water and blood.

This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify:8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. – 1 John 5:6-8 (NIV)

So what does John mean that Jesus came by water and blood. It could be a reference to His death when the soldier pierced his side and blood and water flowed together indicating that Jesus was, in fact, dead. By God’s grace through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we are forgiven and the Spirit of God dwells in our hearts. The physical water and blood of Jesus and the Spirit of God all testify that Jesus is the Savior of the world. Trust in Him alone for salvation and you will be saved and forgiven.

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.

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.

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.

The Holy Spirit Fills Us

God’s Spirit is is an awesome power source for the Christian. He is a reminder that God lives in us and that we belong to Him. He testifies to the truth that Jesus is the Son of God. John wrote:

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. – 1 John 4:13-14 (NIV)

Jesus is the Son of God and He is the Savior of the world. This truth is confirmed in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. When we come to faith in Christ and we trust in Jesus for salvation by grace through faith, we are not only forgiven, but we are filled with the Holy Spirit. We must listen to God’s Spirit and submit to His leading and teaching in our lives. When we do, we’ll find that life makes more sense and we have a peace that goes beyond our ability to comprehend it.

God’s Presence In Us

How do you know if God is living in you? How do you know if His presence in you is real? The evidence of God’s love and presence in our lives is when we love one another. The Apostle John wrote:

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 4:12 (NIV)

It is so incredibly important that we love each other in the church. Jesus said that everyone would know that we are His followers when we love one another unconditionally. It’s not enough to sit next to someone at a pot-luck. It’s got to be more than just shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries on a Sunday morning. We need to go deeper with one another and truly reach out in love to one another. Even if we disagree on so many topics, we can agree on one – Jesus is the risen Lord. If we can agree on that and love each other in spite of our differences, we can show the world the love of God.

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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