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Message of the Day: If We Love God, We Will Love One Another

And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” (1 John 4:16, NKJV)

In his essential nature and in all His actions, God is loving. John similarly affirms that God is spirit (John 4:24) and light (1:5), as well as holy, powerful, faithful, true and just.

For John, Christ’s main teaching is love. It is God’s nature to love. Love in human nature has been damaged by sin, but when one is renewed by God, he learns to love as God loves. For only those who are to some degree like Him truly know Him.

Believers have increased confidence in God through their inward possession of the Holy Spirit and their outward acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of sinners. They know that they live in God and that God lives in them. This new relationship with God (who is love) enables them to practice love towards other people as Jesus Christ Christ did. This gives them added confidence that they are saved eternally and need never fear God’s judgment.

In summary, if people love God they will love one another, but if they hate one another they cannot honestly claim to love God.

Sources:

Zondervan NASB Study Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1999.

MySword for Android. Riversoft Ministry, 2011-2019.

Olive Tree Bible Software, 1998-2020.

http://www.bibegateway.com

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