1, 2, &3 John – God and Love
From the beginning John tells us that God IS love and that love comes from God. God created Love, Perfect Love. So, now we dive into a perfectly clear explanation that no one can misunderstand about this Perfect Love of God.
When we accept Jesus as our Savior, we accept a Love Contract that cannot be broken. God loved the world so much He gave (to us, you and me) His only Son (a part of Him) to stand in our place and accept the punishment for our sin (forever). Jesus Christ willing laid down His life so that we might know and love God back, freely, without sin that would block us from God for God cannot and will not have sin where He is.
Without Jesus, we cannot see or hear God. So we cannot love perfectly for God is love. Yes, God love the whole world (those inside and outside the church) so much He gave…His Love. That Perfect Love is the act of giving of Himself so that we who believe would have the right to be called His children and live with Him forever and ever. Amen.
The world is full of sayings about love. The media blares that love is about chocolate, diamonds, and getaways with intimacies without commitments or responsibilities. It all sounds good, looks good and even tempting. But it is not what God had in mind with His Perfect Love. His love begins with Him. God IS love. We cannot love others like He loves until we understand the love of God and love Him first. THEN our love for others takes on a deeper meaning and is more authentic…which is really what the world is desperately searching for as they search to be loved. God created this hunger for His love within all of us. Take hold of it. Seriously love God back and learn to love completely…like His loves us…Perfectly.
1 John 4, The Message
God Is Love
7-10 My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him. This is the kind of love we are talking about—not that we once upon a time loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to clear away our sins and the damage they’ve done to our relationship with God.
11-12 My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!
13-16 This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God.
What do we learn?
–God is love. Embrace it heart and soul. We will love others more authentically and perfectly as we learn to love like God loves us.
–The more we realize the love God has for us, the more deeply and intimately we will love others.
–When we Spiritually look into the eyes of God and His love, we see others in a different Light and love more.
–Love is laying down our life for others.
Dear Heavenly Father, No one can fathom the depths of Your love but we do understand even more this morning as we read and meditate on Your Perfect Love for us. Thank you for loving us. Thank you for laying down Your life for us, dear Jesus. Thank you for the joy and peace that comes from loving You back. I do love You with all my heart, mind and soul!
In Jesus Name, Amen
And I’m singing…
Amazing love, how can it be
That You, my King, would die for me?…