Taught To Love In His Image

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1 John 4:11-12

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Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Fellow believers and friends as we are taught the of the love of God who loves us so we are taught to love one another No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. For we live in his creations as images of him

Verse of the Day

for Monday, February 19, 2018

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

1 John 4:11-12

Related Topics: God, Love, Loving, Friendship, All Topics…

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Can you imagine what an honor it is to have the Creator of the universe, the Lord God Almighty, living inside of you! And when we love each other, that is exactly what happens. When our hearts are full of love, there is room for God. When they are not full of love, we leave God little room to take up residence and produce his character in us. Let God complete his love in you. Make a commitment to do loving things for others today!

My Prayer…

Abba Father, it is so comforting to know that you are not far away — that I live in you and you live in me. Help me see others with your eyes and respond to their needs with your heart so that your love may be complete in me. In the name of Jesus, the Servant and Savior of all, I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@verseoftheday.com.

February 19, 2019

1 John 4:11-12

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. – 1 John 4:11-12

Dear Heavenly Father,

I haven’t seen you. And here John admits that he hadn’t seen you either. But he had experienced pure love through your Son. We have experienced that unconditional love too. You have empowered me to love people who have been difficult to love. I have been loved even when I was difficult to love. It’s a spiritual awakening to live in unconditional love for others. You are living in us and are making us like you. Today, I hope to love the people close to me without criticizing them. Give me words of encouragement for them and make me stop myself from complaining about them in my heart. And about that person that gets on my nerves, well, help me not have a nerve for them to step on. I want to be the love you have been for us.

Amen

Pastor Don Patterson

Loving someone hard to love helps them feel the gospel not just hear it.

What Does 1 John 4:11 Mean? ►

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1 John 4:11(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The eternal God loves us in three tenses: past, present and future – for He is the same yesterday today and forever. It is a divine love that cannot be compared with the inadequate love of fallen man, but is a love so penetrating, that He sent the unique, and only begotten Son of His love to be the propitiation for our sins.

That single act of the Father should stagger us to the core of our being.. that God sent Christ as a gift of His grace.. to be made a curse for us – so that we might be made the righteousness of God, in Him.

But having redeemed us He sent His Spirit to abide in our heart and day by day, seeks to transform us from ugly, bitter, antagonistic sinners into good, obedient and mature sons of God, having the same, godly nature as the Lord Jesus Christ,

But His love extends into the never-ending, eternal future, for no eye has seen, nor ear has heard – nor has it entered into the imagination of man the glories that God has prepared for those who love Him. Since the eternal God loves us in three, staggering tenses – we ought also to love one another.

My Prayer

Heavenly Father, Your eternal, incomparable and unconditional love towards me, staggers me to the core of my being, when I look at Jesus. Father I choose to love as He loved and ask that in Your strength, You would work in me.. to will and do Your good purpose in my life, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/1-john-4-11

What does 1 John 4:11 mean? [ See verse text ]

Starting a new thought, John begins again by referring to his readers as “Beloved.” The word “if” here is not used in the sense of asking a question. It’s meant to be understood as “since.” Since God loved us so much that He sent Jesus to die to cover the cost of our sins, we should offer a similar response by loving others. Just as Jesus offered unconditional love through His sacrifice, believers are to offer similar love based on God’s example rather than our feelings or the actions of others.

It should also be noted that unconditional love does not mean accepting unconditional mistreatment. Turning the other cheek in the face of insults shows love (Matthew 5:39), but we are not called to be careless with our lives (Luke 22:36). For example, God does not desire a person to remain in a physically abusive situation in order to show love. God’s nature includes protection as well as love (Genesis 15:1; Psalm 18:2). We can love others unconditionally, while also using wisdom in dealing with those who might take advantage of the love of believers (Matthew 10:16).

Context Summary

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 Context

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

What Does 1 John 4:12 Mean? ►

No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

1 John 4:12(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

God is Spirit, and John tells us on a number of different occasions that no one has seen God at any time.. but for a brief season at Christ’s first coming, the invisible God was made manifested to the world, through His only begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father – He has revealed Him. Christ had come to set up His kingdom, as foretold by the prophets but He was mocked and crucified.

He died and was buried and on the third day He rose again from the dead, ascended into heaven and is seated on the right hand of the Father.

Today however the invisible God is manifesting Himself through the body of Christ, which is His Church, and as believers we are called to abide in Him.. to rest in Him.. to remain in Him.. to live holy in Christ Jesus – to walk in spirit and truth and not to be conformed to the fleshly ways of the world.

It is as we abide in Him and live godly in Christ Jesus, so the indwelling Holy Spirit abides in us and produces in us an abundance of spiritual fruit. As we submit to the Holy Spirit in spirit and truth, He transforms us into the likeness of the Lord Jesus, and the more we rest, remain and abide in Him the more the love of God is perfected in us.

Christian love for one another is the outward manifestation of the invisible God in our world today. The life that rests, remains and abides in Christ is the one that demonstrates godly love for one another. As God abides in us and His love is perfected in us. so we become a channel of His love to each other.

The way that God manifests Himself to the world today is through the love we have for one another – but this is only possible as we rest, remain and abide in HIM. May we become channels through whom the love of God may be poured out – to others.

Source: https://dailyverse.knowing-jesus.com/1-john-4-12

What does 1 John 4:12 mean? [ See verse text ]

John reminds his readers of an important biblical truth. No person has ever seen God in His full divine essence. Even Moses saw only the back of God (Exodus 33:18–23). However God’s love allows humanity to “see” Him through the actions of His people. This echoes statements made in 1 John 2:5, and coming up in verse 17. When we have a thorough, complete experience of walking in God’s love, we demonstrate Him to ourselves and to others. God abides in those who seek to love Him. We do not need to physically see Him; He is already in us.

Also, God’s love is made perfect or complete in us. This does not mean we become sinless. Instead, the focus is on maturity or the quality of love in us. We can find no greater love than God’s love. The believer experiences God’s love inside of them, offering us everything we need to live for Him and to love others. We do not need to seek another experience, person, or teaching, as false teachers would suggest. The love of God is sufficient.

Context Summary

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 Context

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

Author: J. Palmer

Living under the wings of God and the angels around me keeping me going and safe. Sharing the love of Christ.

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