VERSE OF THE DAY
1 John 4:16 (New Living Translation)
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them
We experienced God love through his death on the cross sacrificing all for all mankind by this we know how much God loves us. We experience his love each and every day throughout this we put our trust and love in him by our faith in him by living the unseen. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them for they believe in the truth of love in the unseen believing in God the unseen the spirit of God by Love in Christ Jesus the son who saved all
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that adwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he ais, so are we in this world.
◄ What Does 1 John 4:16 Mean? ►
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(NASB)
Perhaps this verse in first John, is the verse of all verses that encapsulates the very essence of God and his plan of redemption. “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.” Maybe this is the truth that helps us understand Who God is, what He has done for us, what He is doing, and what He will continue to do, in and through all who believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God… and place their trust in Him.
As Christians, we are participators in the love of the Father, through the witness of the Spirit of His Love. The Holy Spirit of Love has been given by the Father of Love to reveal the Son of His Love. This glorious truth provides us with wonderful reassurance and binds our heart to His eternal heart of love, “for we have known and believed the great love that God hath to us.”
We know and we believe that the truth of God’s Love and our knowledge of Him, is simply a matter of fact through faith in Christ. It is a matter of trusting His Word. It is a matter of faith, which pleases the loving heart of our gracious God of Love, and secures our hope in Christ Jesus our Lord.
It was the fiery ‘son of thunder’ who in his twilight years, penned the precious words in this verse, “God is Love.” And it was the same beloved disciple who increasingly discovered the amazing truth that, “God is Love” – as did the dynamic apostle Paul, who disclosed that love is the greatest of all the gifts of the Spirit.. and love is the greatest spiritual fruit – for the fruit of the Spirit is grounded in LOVE – the love of God for His people.
Like all the disciples, John came to an increasing understanding that the humble Man Who knelt to wash his feet at that memorable Passover meal, was the eternal Son of God. “We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us – God is love,” he wrote, “And we know that the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in Him.”
John, like all Christ’s apostles, came to KNOW that Jesus Christ, the incarnate WORD, was incarnate LOVE. He was the eternal God in the flesh. HE was in the beginning with God and all things were made by Him. Nothing came into being apart from Him, and in Him was eternal life, which was the Light that shines into the heart of all who believe – and the darkness can never, ever quench this truth. In Him was eternal love – a love that can never fail.
The love of God reaches into every aspect of our lives and touches every ‘jot and tittle’ of our need. Behind the black clouds of sin, shines the Son of redeeming love. Enshrouded beneath the dreary fog of hopelessness is hidden our loving Provider. Submerged beneath the woes and troubles that weary our soul and swamp our mind is the everlasting Spirit of love.
Hidden in the dusty desert of despair we are given streaming rivers of living water that are brimming to overflowing with the Love of God, and Jesus Christ Whom He sent to reveal Himself to us. And Jesus invites all to come and drink deeply of His refreshing Love, and to wrap ourselves around this never-failing truth.
Perhaps this verse, which so simply states that “God Is Love,” encapsulates the very essence of God, and should be increasingly stirred-up in our heart, knowing that those that rest, remain, abide, and dwell in His love, by keeping their minds on Jesus, are assured that the Love of God will rest, remain, abide, and dwell in their hearts – encouraging, providing, upholding, leading, refreshing, comforting, and supporting – for God Is Love.
What does 1 John 4:16 mean?
John includes both himself and his readers as believers in the beginning of this verse. His words clearly state that both knowing and believing are important. In many modern churches, believing has been emphasized apart from knowing God. This can lead to people who accept Jesus yet do not live for Him. These people may be “born of God,” but they show no signs of “abiding” in Him. Other church movements greatly emphasize knowing God, whether through worship experiences or service to others, yet fail to emphasize salvation. Such people may not have any real relationship with Christ at all, since their concept of God is based on fickle human feelings.
Both “to know and to believe” are essential in the life of a Christian believer. We must believe in who Christ really is, for salvation. We must “know” Him through obedience and fellowship, to be accepted in our actions, and to be blessed by Him.
John adds in the second part of this verse his refrain from verse 8. Namely, that “God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” The person who continues in love is also continuing in God. In other words, love for God and others is the way to remain growing in the Lord. Those who do so have God abiding or living in them. Great, godly love is a powerful sign that a person is a genuine believer in Christ.
First John 4:11–19 is the backbone of John’s letter. The primary way Christians are to be recognized is by love. This is not merely what we feel, but what we do for others. True, godly love is the most powerful evidence of being ”born again” as a child of God. This love comes from God, who loved us before we loved Him. When we live in obedience to God, according to love, we can be confident in our relationship with Him, and have no need to fear His judgment.
Chapter 4 warns Christians not to accept every claim they hear. Instead, believers are to compare what they hear to the basic truths of the gospel. John then returns to the theme of love, explaining how believer ought to live out the presence of God’s love in their lives. In addition, living according to God’s love takes away our fear of judgment. In no uncertain terms, those who claim to love God, but hate others, are liars.