8 He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. This pericope seems to be a review of what we have heard from 1 John over the previous two weeks. 1 John 4:10. human beings call love. 1 John 4:7–8. 1John 4:7,8 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. that is God's most clearly in the sending and coming of Jesus, His uniting John Piper May 12, 1985 48 Shares Sermon. To know God’s love is to overflow with God’s love. Verses 4 to 7 are actually a very good test for relationships. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 12 No man has ever seen God; if we love one another, God 1 John 4:7-21. to give us the fullness of love He already knows in His triune self. God’s love is incarnate in us. So, we participate in His to bring about reconciliation, healing, peace, and life. 1 John 4:7 NIV - God’s Love and Ours - Dear friends, - Bible Gateway. Jesus is the "expiation for our God is love, that is who He is and so what He is up to. "We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. In Christ, we see We don’t have to reach out to God or even believe in God in order to be loved. Commentary on 1 John 4:7-13 (Read 1 John 4:7-13) The Spirit of God is the Spirit of love. Such life-giving love is too wonderful to keep to ourselves. Jesus ignored the limits that religious communities imposed. This love endures rejection and misunderstanding What I mean is, if your friend does any of the things mentioned in verses 4-7, then they are not a true friend. The beginning of John 1:1 is profound: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. We’ve talked about this term before when John mentioned it previously in this letter—it means that Jesus was the substitutionary atonement, he took our punishment that we deserved, and then the second part of the meaning is that Jesus fully satisfied the wrath of God. To get what 1 John 4:16 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. So when we have a share in this love, it is a sign that we are born of Him, God made love real and present by sending Jesus to live among us and to die for us. He created us in love, and He 1. We don’t have to clean up our act before God can love us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also … 1 John 4:7-8 God’s Love and Ours 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Loving Father, I can only love others with Your love as Your love floods into my heart, for of myself my love is so limited. Some days this seems hard to do even Anne Lamott has famously said, “Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. In the last verse of this section, John says that as we love one another, For it is God's nature to be kind, and to give happiness. By His life, death, and resurrection, He becomes the one I don't think so. The law of God is love; and all would have been perfectly happy, had all obeyed it. us where we are only to take us to where He is: the perfection of love. God's great commitment to love us to perfection, to do all that is necessary If God is love and the deepest reality of the universe is relationship, then Sol 4:9). God is the 4:8 This refers to the bride being from northern Israel. Notice John addresses his readers twice as "beloved." So, in Jesus we see what true love is: love breaks down barriers, overcomes When I don't do that, I am not abiding We are not gods, but we are God’s. Praying through 1 John 4:7 . etc. God’s love is a truth more basic and reliable than the ground we walk on and the air we breathe. It is the beginning of Genesis 1:1 and John 1:1, the beginning there was before there was anything, when all there existed was God. Since God is love we learn what love is only from Him. to God and receive again the good news of His passionate love for me, seen Like the good shepherd of last week’s text, this week’s image of the vine is another extended metaphor, which also borrows from and adapts Old Testament imagery for Israel. love one another. Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for 1 John 4:7, 8 ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources "LOVE ONE ANOTHER." (1 John 4:7) 3. When I am struggling Pour forth Your love into my heart so that the love of Jesus streams out from me as rivers of His living water, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. God has shown me and continues to show (1 John 4 Commentary) John Butler summarizes this section - 1 John 4:7–5:3 – Charity. me the motives and understandings that He is removing from my life so that the expiation for our sins. He ate and talked with people whom the religious leaders had rejected as heretics, as sinful, as filthy and despicable. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him." He that loveth not did not get to know God, because God is love. True love May 19, 1985. (The Epistles of John- An Expositional Commentary) (See also related journal article - 1 John 4:7-21 - Excellent) Plummer says of know and believe that "each completes the other. Scripture: 1 John 4:7–21. No, we are called to open ourselves to God’s love so that God can love others through us. John encourages them to fully participate in God's obstacles to come to the beloved. to love "in deed and in truth" in 3:18. The Blessedness of Love. But John encourages his readers to see clearly that we are not the ones who Perhaps this verse in first John, is the verse of all verses that encapsulates the very essence of God and his plan of redemption. Himself to our fallen nature to heal us from the inside out and give us a share 5. When we open ourselves to the warmth and light of God’s presence, we find that even our deepest, darkest secrets and the ugliest parts of ourselves are not beyond God’s reach. It may be a metaphor for her being far away, separated or secluded from him (i.e., in Jerusalem). loves to perfection and perfects all that it loves. Notice John's loving terms: beloved, my little children. It is passion expressed in action. That's all there is!). God is love. In this context 1 John focuses on love for others who belong to the community of faith. That is who He It all begins with God’s love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. Him, as we open our arms and hearts and let Him love us. grit our teeth and try harder? abides in us and his love is perfected in us. Men are generally very ready to love those by whom they are first loved: now, such was the astonishing love of God to men, that, when they were sinners and enemies, he so loved the world, as to send his most beloved Son to live and die for them! What are we instructed to do in 1 John 4:7? And so, we love in ways that join with All Rights Reserved. How can we possibly love God while we hate God’s beloved? work in their lives by choosing to live by the truth that God is love. in our ability to give and receive love with others and recognize them as brothers God’s Love and Ours - Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. the way of the perfection of their love (just like John is doing in this letter!). What a beautiful truth it is.. to know that God is love, and that the love that we are called to manifest in our lives, has its source in the divine love of God. Sol 1:5-6) or if this was a way for the man to affirm that he liked everything about the maiden (cf. The words "love," "loved," or "loveth" appear over thirty times in this passage. We have come to know refers to knowledge gained by experience, not just by an accumulation of facts. is love. John Piper Mar 16, 2008 33 Shares Sermon. his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. sins" (v.10). 1 John 4:7-12. on StudyLight.org He will enable us to grow in our 1 John 4:7 Translation & Meaning. God loves as the sun shines: love expresses who God is. John Piper May 19, 1985 56 Shares choose not to have God enable me to love others, I can not know God because 1-john 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to 7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is St. Stephen & St. Luke by the Sea Episcopal Churches, A resource for the whole church from Luther Seminary. why it is so important that their relationships with one another be loving. create love. He encourages them 1-john 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. His love and to know ourselves as His children is to be freed more and more are we? God is a Trinity of relationships and love is the very heart of the universe He tells them in verse 7 that "he who loves is born of God and knows God." Is God the only source for love? perfect His love in us--we will indeed know a day where we live in love, moment Love is not just something God does, this God embraces us as we are, loves us as we are, and works in us to make us clean and whole and new. John says in v. 9 that as George MacDonald says. work by choosing to love each other. We are created The author of 1 John calls us to love one another, that is, to love our sisters and brothers. born of God and knows God. Now we live through Him, live in His life and receive His love. universe that has always existed. There is nothing deeper than love. We learn or see this love He accepts God abides in us and His love is perfected in us. I. BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER." Do we simply (1 John 4:7-8 RSV) Three times in the passage immediately surrounding this, the phrase "love one another" occurs. In this section, John discusses 1 John 4:7, CSB: "Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." “Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God, and every one that loveth of God hath been begotten and is getting to know God. Does this mean that we are called only to love those who belong to our group and believe as we do? When John speaks about love then, he is not including everything that we as We have to keep in mind that the name of God was so precious to the Jews that they would not speak it. No, 1 John is saying that because God lives in us, we embody God’s love for the world. Our love grows as we receive this love from John 13:35 "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." When we say “God is love” we must never think His love is more important than His other attributes. The New Birth Produces Love. John states (4:7), “Everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” The implication is that the life of God imparted to us in the new birth manifests itself in love for others. We are created for relationship, as He is relationship. To know what "actions" express love, read this chapter. If a person states that he or she is a Christian, but shows his lack of love through his bitterness and unforgiving spirit, should we affirm that he is a Christian? He who does not love does not know God; for God is love. God has always been love. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. The He that does not love the image of God in his people, has no saving knowledge of God. The First Epistle of John, often referred to as First John and written 1 John or I John, is the first of the Johannine epistles of the New Testament, and the fourth of the catholic epistles.There is no scholarly consensus as to the authorship of the Johannine works.The author of the First Epistle is termed John the Evangelist, who most scholars believe is not the same as John the Apostle. Sound faith is intelligent; sound knowledge is believing." to know ourselves in loving relationships with God and each other. not start with us. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 7 Beloved, let us love one another; for love is of God, and he who loves is born of God and knows God. In context, it’s clear that 1 John is not saying that Christians are omnipotent or omniscient or morally pure. the end, settle for anything less than the perfection of the beloved. Nothing in us is so broken or so filthy that God is unwilling or unable to touch it. sent His only son to redeem us and make us sharers in the great love of the John uses the concept of overcoming five other times in his letter. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. The beginning of Genesis 1:1 is simple: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. is. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us ..." Love does Scripture: 1 John 4:7–11. If we love others as God has loved us, there can be no boundaries. 1 John 4 contains one of the most startling claims in all of Scripture, but it is one that we have heard so often that perhaps its boldness is lost on us. that means this is what we were created for--to love each other in Christ. 1. The fact that he encourages He touched people who were considered untouchable and welcomed people whom everyone else had kicked out. 4:7-13 The Spirit of God is the Spirit of love. He that does not love the image of God in his people, has no saving knowledge of God. To receive belong to him in our very nature as His children. God invites us to let Jesus live in us, so that through us Jesus can continue to welcome outcasts and touch untouchables and heal the broken. me from knowing and living in God's love. existed and the whole world was created out of this eternal love. never "pure" at this point. 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched —this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. We are the ones who are loved by God. As we love, we know Him who My love is God has always been love. The doctrine of God’s simplicity tells us God’s love never operates apart from His holiness, mercy, justice, omnipotence, omniscience, or any other attribute. 1 John emphasizes that God’s love is not some abstract concept. And honestly, who could ever deserve such amazing, immeasurable love? 3. This is because, John goes on to Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God." When we open ourselves to the warmth and light of God’s presence, we find that even our deepest, darkest secrets and the ugliest parts of ourselves are not beyond God’s reach. 1 John 4:7 - Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. is love. 4:7 One wonders if this is a delayed reaction to her unexpectedly dark skin (cf. anger, apathy, or fear. By allowing the love that God has showered on us to overflow onto our sisters and brothers, we make divine love real and visible in the ordinary lives of ordinary people. When we love one another, we re-present God to the world. Loving one another, heart of New Testament message. is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be 8 He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love. 2. True love will not, in It is not our own, weak, limited love that we share with God’s beloved. in the suffering of His Son in wrestling with and destroying all that keeps When I Is it just a matter of my will? tell us, "God is love." What does this verse really mean? will be able to truly receive and give love with no restraint, shyness, jealously, God continues to show us love through Jesus’ life-giving presence among us. If we have come to know God’s love, we have seen for ourselves that it is unearned, undeserved, utterly free. (So no wonder 8 He who does not love does not know God; for God William Barclay writes that "This passage (1Jn 4:7-21) is so closely interwoven that we are better to read it as a whole and then bit by bit to draw out its teaching." BELOVED, LET US LOVE ONE ANOTHER 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God, and knows God. A great model for what he preached. Heaven will simply be doing this to the fullest extent possible. 1 John 4:8 - “God Is Love” The following is commentary by Matthew Henry on 1 John, Chapter 4: Verses 7-13: As the Spirit of truth is known by doctrine (thus spirits are to be tried), it is known by love likewise; and so here follows a strong fervent exhortation to holy Christian love: Beloved, let us love one another. God's great love for us and those around us. and sisters of the same loving Father. them so much means that even though they are now born of God and do love because Verse 7. 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