Hello and welcome to the podcast! Today we are ending our study in 1John ch 4 and will be beginning the final chapter of our 1 John study next Thursday! The main point today is revolving around God’s Love living within us as true Christians. Is His Love living within you?
Misused Bible Text
1John starts out with one of the most misused and misunderstood Bible verses:
‘Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. ‘ -1 John 4:15
God’s Love Abiding in Us
I have often heard people referencing this verse to argue that their sinful, unrepentant lifestyle is indeed okay. They often forget, however, to bring up the next verse in 1John 4.
‘We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. ‘ 1 John 4:16
As Christians we often overlook how important love is to God. God is love, therefore we must live in love as it is the most important commandment. As we all know, love covers a multitude of sins. Therefore, if we in fact live in love, God abides in us. What an amazing feeling to know that if love is in us, God abides in us!
Confidence in Love
If you have the Holy Spirit living within you, then you will have a feeling of confidence and self assurance. This confidence that I have found within me from the Holy Spirit is very comforting, especially since I know that I will spend my eternity in heaven. I live with no fear.
And the Most Hard-Hitting Text…
‘We love, because He first loved us. If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also. ‘ 1 John 4:19-21
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