Focal Passage: I John 4:7-21
Many years ago there was a secular rock song entitled “I Want To Know What Love Is.” If that artist really wanted to know he should have checked I John 4:7-21 for the answer. John “the beloved” defines in absolute terms what love really is for his readers. However, centuries later we still really don’t know the love described by John. If you were to listen to the average American, you would think they are in love with everything. We have so cheapened the word that we are in need of a refresher course. John is the perfect one to give it to us.
John starts by sharing some key facts about love as it relates to God. He tells us in verse 7 that God is the source of love. You cannot fully love unless you fully know God. He tells them that love is a sign that we know God. Some might argue how unbelievers can really express love. The ability to do this originates with God and is a result of them being created in His image. Believers have the ability to love as God loves because of their relationship to Him. This will be the sign that sets believers apart because unconditional love is virtually unknown in today’s society. John states in verse 8, that people who are unable to love like that have not experienced a life- changing encounter with God. [Read more…]