Verse of the Day 12-18-22

Loving One Another: 1 John 4:7

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (NIV)

            The Apostle John was known early in his life as a Son of Thunder, primarily because he and his brother James wanted Jesus to call down destruction from heaven on an unbelieving town. However, later in life John became known as the apostle of love. Why? Because love for God and for each other was one the primary themes of every written work that can be attributed to the apostle John, including his Gospel. Keeping that in mind let’s then take a closer look at one of John’s most famous and well known writings about love.

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (1 John 4:7)

            We all know that love is an aspect of the Holy Spirit’s fruit, which are the character traits that he develops in our lives as followers of Christ (Galatians 5:22-23). However, love is also something that we as followers of Christ are responsible for developing in our lives. And it is for this reason, that John expects us to love others and to show love with practical action that seeks to benefit others. John is not talking about just feelings of concern, but deliberate choices to help people with their needs (1 John 3:16-18 and Luke 6:31). We as followers of Christ are to show this kind of love for three reasons:

  1. Love is the very nature of God (1 John 4:7-9), which he showed by giving his own Son for us (vv. 9-10). We share his nature because we are born of him (v. 7).
  2. Because God loved us, those of us who have experienced his love, forgiveness and help are obligated to help others, even at great personal cost (1 John 3:16).
  3. If we love one another, God continues to live in us and his love is made complete in us (1 John 4:12).

Today’s Bible Readings:

Habakkuk 1-3, Revelation 9, Psalm 137:1-9 and Proverbs 30:10

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