Tag: no fear in love
Scripture reading for November 24th: 1st John 4
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1st John 4:7-10)
The call to love is constant throughout John’s letter to the church. Love is a primary fruit of the Spirit of Christ. God, Himself, is love! Love is the choice of will and character to always do what is best for another, even if it costs everything! God demonstrated this for us by sending His only Son into the world to give His life for us, sinners without love for God or others. (Romans 5:8) The source of all true love is God. We can now love because He loved us!
Scripture states that all people have ‘eternity in our hearts’ (Ecclesiastes 3:11) We have a fear of death because of sin in our life. (Hebrews 2:14-15) We know that the judgment is coming and that we cannot stand before a holy God. But God wants us to have confidence on the judgment day because of relationship with Him. “Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like Him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1st John 4:16-18)
Scripture reading for December 4th: 1st John 4:1-21
The Christians of John’s day were in a battle against false teachers and the spirits of evil who spoke through them. John wrote to encourage them and help them to identify these deceiving spirits. His words of instruction can help us in these last days in a similar battle!
“This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every Spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.” (1st John 4:2-3) These false prophets were denying Christ came as a man. This spirit was in the world in John’s day and is also in the world today in many modern cults. This belief was known as ‘gnosticism’ and denied the humanity of Jesus as the Son of God. The true Spirit of God always recognizes that Jesus came in the flesh.
John encouraged the Church to remember that they were able to overcome these evil spirits because the had the Holy Spirit living in them. (1st John 4:4) The Spirit of Christ gives us overcoming power because He is a Spirit of Truth. Believers can be confident in the Holy Spirit bringing discernment and enabling each person to know truth. The evil spirits are spirit of falsehood and tell lies that believers can easily spot.
Love is the mark of those controlled by the Holy Spirit. God is a love and showed us His love by sending His Son into the world to die for us that we might live through Him. (1st John 4:7-12) Those born of God love each other and testify to the world about the love of God.
When we know the love of God, we have confidence on the day of judgment. God’s perfect love received means that we have been declared righteous and no longer have to answer for our sins. Jesus has forgiven us and we rest in His promise of righteousness by faith. This enables us to live a life of love towards others, free from fear of death or persecution. The Spirit of God gives us overcoming power through truth and love. We live as overcomers in life and death! What a joy it is to walk in the truth!