Topic: God Is Love
Text: 1 John 4:4-15
4Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
6We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
9In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
13Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
15Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
Key Verse: “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4:8).
The greatest demonstration of God’s love is the gift of His only begotten Son. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God did not send Christ as a reward to the obedient, but rather as a ransom for the disobedient. Jesus displayed His love throughout His earthly ministry. He healed the sick without requirement of gratitude. He displayed humility even though He was King of Kings. Even while on the cross, Jesus prayed for the forgiveness of the ones who placed Him there (1 John 3:16). Salvation is open to all who believe in Christ.
We need to respond to God’s love by obeying His commandments. Jesus said, if you love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15). We must love God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and love our neighbours as ourselves. “Love is patient, and kind. It does not envy, boast, dishonor others, or self-seeking. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth.
Quote: Love does not delight in evil
Challenge: Fully reciprocate God’s love.
Prayer for today: Father, help me to trust your unfailing love, in Jesus’ name.