1 Jno. 4:7-12

John’s First Epistle

1 Jno. 4:7-12

We love because of His love!

 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.  Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.  In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. – 1 Jno. 4:7-12

The reason for loving one another could not be higher or stronger: “…love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” Our relationship with God through Jesus Christ is the reason, punctuated by God’s love for us.

This must have such emphasis in our minds, we are aware that “anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

The foremost expression of divine love is, God “sent His only Son into the world, so that we might live through Him” and “to be the propitiation for our sins.”

Here comes the OUGHT: “…we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us.”

If I want God to abide in me, I must abide in Him and His Word – and that will mean the attitude and behavior of love (as defined by God’s actions toward us).

 

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