Category Archives: Loving One Another

We cannot love God without also loving our brother – 1 John 4:20 – 5:3

This is the last place in 1 John that specifically mentions love.  There are some themes repeated and emphasized here about the nature of this love in action.

Before I proceed, I would like to pause while you read the whole letter of 1 John again.  It takes less than 15 minutes.  I will wait while you read.

Now, let’s take a look at this passage at the end of chapter 4 and the beginning of chapter 5.

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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 is Essential to Being a Child of God – 1 John – part 5

Reading through chapter 3 of 1 John, we see a lot that is written about love.  Many times in this letter we see the phrase “…by this we know…”  This is part of a repeating theme that tells us how we can distinguish certain things.  For example, in this chapter, we are told how we can know who is a child of the devil and who is a child of God.  Let’s look at this passage more closely.

First read the whole chapter of 1 John 3 to keep the context in mind.

Let’s focus on verses 10-15:

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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 in the New Testament – 1 John – part 2

In part 1, I ended with comments about the mention of love in 1 John 2:3-6.  Before we continue with the study, it would be good to read the whole epistle of 1 John. It only takes a couple of minutes and helps set the context for the study.

Now, let’s continue with chapter 2.  The next section of this chapter I want to look at is:

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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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Reflections on 1 Corinthians 13

After studying love as it is described in 1 Corinthians 13, I wanted to pause and mention some overall reflections.  I learned a lot in this study of love, but one of the things I am impressed by is the sense of how much more there is to learn.  Love is mentioned so commonly in our culture and language that it means very little to us, definitely nothing special.  It does not take long in the study of the bible to come to realize that the love most commonly mentioned there is nothing like what we commonly talk about in our culture.

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Love Never Fails – 1 Corinthians 13


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For the last 14 posts I have been studying and discussing the detailed description of love provided for us in 1 Corinthians 13.  This “agape” love that is described there is the love that we, as disciples of Jesus, are expected to live.  This is mentioned many times in 1 John and other places.  This is the love God possesses (John 3:16, for example) and that we see modeled for us throughout scripture and, most specifically, in Jesus’ life on earth, culminating in His crucifixion and resurrection.

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