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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 …Hopes All Things… 1 Corinthians 13:7


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As I have studied the “agape” love as it is described in the bible, and specifically here in 1 Corinthians 13, it makes even more sense to me that this love is not based on an emotional response to circumstances, but is a commitment to the welfare of the one I love.  Over and over, the teaching in 1 Corinthians 13 makes it plain that this love is focused on the benefit of another person.  This is especially true of verse 7.  It is like a powerful 4-point summary in the middle of this beautiful description of what the Lord has designed this love to be.  This verse reads:

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Loving God Means Putting Him First


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Each of us has patterns in the choices that we make in our lives.  These patterns and choices come from the priorities we have.  We may not give this much thought, but those personal priorities are there for each of us, providing a structure to the lives that we live.

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