Studying Jesus’ Restoring Power | 01

AUTHOR: Holy Scripture

READ:

Read or listen to 1 John 4:7–5:4.

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his one and only Son into the world so that we might live through him. Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is made complete in us. This is how we know that we remain in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and we testify that the Father has sent his Son as the world’s Savior. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God—God remains in him and he in God. And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us.

God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him. In this, love is made complete with us so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment, because as he is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love; instead, perfect love drives out fear, because fear involves punishment. So the one who fears is not complete in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and yet hates his brother or sister, he is a liar. For the person who does not love his brother or sister whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And we have this command from him: The one who loves God must also love his brother and sister.

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of him. This is how we know that we love God’s children: when we love God and obey his commands. For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden, because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.

The written Scripture is CSB, however, the audio Scripture is ESV.

FOCUS:

How did God demonstrate his love to us? How do we know if we have received Christ’s love? What are practical ways you can demonstrate that same love to others in your church family this week?

PRAY:

God reveals himself to us for a purpose. Not only do we glorify him as we seek Jesus, but we also seek to have his love perfected in us. Ask that your love will keep growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, so that you may approve the things that are superior and may be pure and blameless in the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus. Philippians 1:9-11

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1 Comment

  1. Anne

    Thank you, those of our wonderful leaders, pastors and preachers, for bringing to us this day 1 John. A long-time student of his Gospel and one becoming an intentional reader of his Revelations, I had never before given more than cursory attention to his Letters. What grace to our congregations to be led into the upcoming first communions of the year secure in the knowledge and presence of He who has Given us Of His Spirit that we may strengthen our hearts toward him as the Body together.

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