1 John | Day Nine
By: Callie Clayton | 1 John 4:7-21 | Love Like God’s
If you’ve been with us through this study, you might remember a few days ago when we talked about the importance of loving everyone. This message is so important to John, that he brings it again at the end of his letter, only this time, has much more to say about it! As you open your Bible to 1 John chapter 4, pray and ask God to speak to you in a fresh way, today. Let’s jump right in!
Read 1 John 4:7-17. According to verse 7 and 8, why should we love others?
Looking at verses 8-11, how does God demonstrate His love for you?
In verses 12-14, how can we see God in other people?
That’s a big deal, isn’t it? John says in verse 12, “No one has ever seen God” yet we see evidence that He lives in us by the way we love other people. Why do you think loving other people is such a big indicator of someone having the Holy Spirit in them?
Check out verses 15-17 to reiterate this truth. Then skip over and read verses 19-21.
Why are we able to love other people?
According to John in verse 20, why is it impossible to love God but hate your brother or sister?
This is some pretty serious stuff! God’s love for us is so strong, so deep, so real that we are only able to show love to others if we’ve first accepted His love. The way we treat other people is a direct reflection on the way we love God, because it is only through Him that we can understand what it means to love.
Now, you may be confused that I skipped over verse 18. I only did that, because I want us to focus the last bit of time on a verse that happens to be one of my favorites! Read all of verse 18 and write the first sentence down.
What does perfect love do?
Is there anyone or anything that you are fearful of?
How could God’s love remove that fear?
Verse 8 said that God is love. Which means He is synonymous with love. So is there any word that God speaks or decision He makes that is unloving?
No way! If you believe God is love, then, you can trust that everything He does is the most loving choice He could make. In fact, the most loving act He ever did for you and for me was to send His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross. And if you’ve accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you can be certain you have been forgiven and accepted into the God’s family! There’s nothing for you to fear because you have access to God’s strength and power every day!
Finish your time today by thanking God for loving you so much. Ask Him to give you the desire to love other people like He loves. Ask Him to remove any fear or anxiety you have and instead replace it with the confidence that His love is greater.