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The Consequences of a Love Perfected – 1 John 4:17-19

This is a passage that I have read many times, but as I take more time now to meditate about it and work to understand what it is saying, I discover more about how different and amazing this love is.

These are the verses:

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.  1 John 4:17-19 (NKJV)

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By This We Know: Living Love Manifests God to Others – 1 John 4

I think that, from time to time, every Christian faces the challenge of assurance in their relationship with God.  Circumstances in our lives might lead us to wonder about our closeness to Him and question whether we are indeed maturing in our faith.  This is one of the reasons that 1 John was written.  Notice how many times the phrase “by this we know…” is included.  There are specific things at which we can look to truly assess our relationship with Him.

This part of 1 John 4 includes an opportunity to assess our relationship with Him.  This is the passage I want to consider:

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We Know God by Knowing Love – 1 John 4 – part 1

The 4th chapter of 1 John has a lot to say about love.  This is a theme that is repeated throughout 1 John.  It is evidently important.  In this post, I want to talk about verses 7-11.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 John 4:7-11

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By This We Know Love – 1 John – part 6

So what real example do we have of this love we are studying in action?  That is the question answered in the latter part of 1 John 3.  For context, reread 1 John 3.  In the last few posts I have written about what 1 John tells us about the practical significance and importance of this agape love.  Now we see a real example.

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Love Changes Us!

In the last post I talked about love in action in 1 John 3:1-3.  It is a powerful and amazing look at God’s expression of love toward us.  I want to make a couple of other comments about this set of verses.

Here are those verses again:

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!  Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.  Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.  And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”  1 John 3:1-3

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Love in Action – 1 John – part 4

The first 3 posts in this series looked at the first 2 chapters of 1 John.  There are several more places in the last 3 chapters of this letter that talk about love, with several repeated themes.  I want to focus on the beginning of chapter 3 in this post.

But first, I would suggest that you take a couple of minutes to reread the epistle of 1 John.  It will only take a couple of minutes.  I’ll wait.

Now let’s look at the beginning of chapter 3.

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Love in Action in the New Testament – 1 John – part 1

Introduction

In previous posts I have talked about the importance that the Lord places on love.  He cites Love as the basis for the Law and Prophets in Matthew 22:37-40, for example.  The last several posts looked at 1 Corinthians 13.  This chapter is a comprehensive definition of the love that is the taught about and demonstrated, both positively and negatively, throughout the bible.

What I want to do now is to survey the New Testament to look at examples of this love in action and learn from them what the Lord has designed for us.  I am starting with 1 John since I know there is a lot here about love and how critical it is for us.

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God is Love – part 2


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One of the most famous verses in the New Testament also tells us a lot about God’s love.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

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God is Love – part 1


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There are some powerful phrases in 1 John 4 that are important for our understanding of love in our relationship with God and each other.   “…God is love” (v. 8, 16) and “...love is of God” (v. 7) are expressions that carry great significance for us.  The more I have thought and studied about these short phrases, the more impressed I have been with what they claim.  I have found it challenging to get my head around the impact of these statements for anyone seeking to be a disciple of Jesus.

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The Realization of the Story of God’s Love – the New Testament


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God’s love is seen throughout the bible.  As noted in 1 John, love is the essence of God’s nature.  When we get to the New Testament we see the culmination of the scheme of redemption, which is the ultimate manifestation of God’s love.  That event was set in place before time began, (1 Peter 1:18-20) and prophesied for millennia.  God lived as a human, sacrificed Himself for humanity and conquered death itself, ascending to His throne.

So, it is no surprise that so much is recorded in the New Testament about His love.  Here are some examples that speak of God’s love.

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