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1 JOHN 4: 7-14

I don’t mean to embarrass anyone but let me ask all of you, “How is your love life?”

Well, you are right, this is pretty personal. But the truth is,  it is not me that is asking; God is the One that is concerned.

Now, as we through this passage and answer that question we need to understand what God means when He speaks of “love.”

And that is the kind of love that we are to have. So, once again God asks, “How is your love life?”

Look at Vs. 7  Beloved, let us love one another (reciprocating action – back and forth; seek the highest good of each other even when we don’t deserve it or appreciate it. It is loving each other even at times when we may not be very lovable),

 …for love is from God;

 …and everyone who loves is born (is begotten…this is a perfect tense verb) of God and knows God.

But, vs. 8 The one who does not love (Love has action. It is not just something you say. It is easy to say, “I love you.” But “agape” love can be seen in what you do.) does not know God, for God is love.

Vs. 9: By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten (one and only) Son into the world so that we might live through Him.

10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us (We didn’t start it…it started with God…He sent His Son on a death mission) and sent His Son to be the propitiation (satisfaction…God is going to be satisfied…He sends His Son on the death mission and then He carries out the penalty…and He does this…) for our sins.

Now, we talk about how much Christ loves us in that He died on the cross for us. But, which is the most difficult: to die for others; or to send your son to die for others?

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought (speaks of a moral obligation) to love one another.

Vs. 12: No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

Vs. 13: By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

Vs. 14: And we (the apostles) have beheld and bear witness that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus (Savior) is the Son of God (Deity), God abides in him, and he in God.

Vs. 16: And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us(Calvary is convincing…love is self-verifying…Calvary is the verification of God’s love). God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

17 By this, love is perfected with us, that we may have confidence (Gnostic doesn’t have confidence) in the day of judgment (He is coming); because as He is (God’s love is redemptive…He is in the world in a redemptive way), so also are we in this world (We are to be in this world in a redemptive way as well).

18 There is no fear in love (He is speaking of the Gnostic here); but perfect love casts out fear (If we have love we can walk into the presence of the judge of the universe without fear), because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.

19 We love, because He first loved us.

20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.

21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

 So, once again, God through the apostle John is asking, “How is your love life?”

And as far as we are concerned, we each one have a moral obligation to love each other; and it is important that our love life is good because people see God and His love through us.

And our “love life” confirms that we abide in God and that He abides in us; and our love give us confidence to stand before God without fear.

Now, look at vs. 7 again. John says that we are to “love one another.”