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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)
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:
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.
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 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
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.
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