“We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; his perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us. If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he might do to us and shows that we are not fully convinced that he really loves us.” (1 John 4:18)
“God is Love” is the theme of 1 John 4:7-21, but many see God as someone to fear. This verse tells us we do not have to fear someone who loves us so much. In fact it says we are not fully convinced He love us if we fear. “Fear Not!” is the most used command in the Bible, and we need to trust that God wants the best for us and not fear Him but love Him. “God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4:16).
God showed His love for us by sending His Son to die in our places, even before we loved Him. “But God clearly shows and proves His own love for us, by the fact that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). This should cause a response from us, not one of fear by of love, love for others. “My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since love comes from God. Everyone who loves is born of God and experiences a relationship with God. The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love” (1 John 4:7-8).
How do we show God’s Love for us? It is by loving and serving others. We need to treat others like God has treated us, by giving His all for us. We show our love for God by how we help and serve others.
Question: Do you understand how much God loves you? Do you demonstrate this love to others?
Challenge: Spend some time today reading and studying 1 John 4:7-21.
Prayer: Jesus, I come to You today thanking You for your love and how You died so I could live. Help me to let this love flow out to others so that they will see and come to love You.
Jack Hughes, Chapel Leader -- Phillies Spring Training