True Love (1 John 4:7-21)Ben Clarke, 13th July 2014
Part of the Study of 1 John series, preached at a Fordham Sunday Service service
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4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
4:9 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.
4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
4:11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
4:12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
4:13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
4:15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.
4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.
4:17 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.
4:18 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.
4:19 We love because he first loved us.
4:20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.
4:21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
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