The Book of 1 John is a very practical book. This week we will learn to try the spirits and many aspects of love.
God is love. What should our response be? John explains in verses 16-21.
The Christian’s response to God and His love (4:16)
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.
The perfecting of love, both now and in eternity (4:17-18)
17 Herein is our love made perfect, 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 casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
The reason for our love to Jesus (4:19)
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
The commandment to love (4:20-21)
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT
How does God tell us to try the spirits?
Who is the source of love? Why?
How did God model His love for us?
What does He command us to do?
How does the unity of the Trinity work?
What should I response be to God’s love?
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001