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What Is Love? I John, Part 2

John’s answer to the question plumbs the substance and power of divine love. It needs no commentary from me.

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

“This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: in this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

“We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” (I John 4:7-21, NIV)

Please read it again. Meditate on it. Comprehend it.

2 comments… add one
  • Lorraine Lynch May 14, 2016, 11:49 AM

    I personally cannot imagine hating a brother or sister. Hate is such a strong word and strong emotion. It can do nothing for us except destroy. Now, that being said, there are probably brothers and sisters that I might not always like, but I cannot imagine being a Christian and not doing anything we can to help one another, whether we particularly like their personality or not. Just my opinion. L

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