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Loving our Brothers & Sisters in Christ (1 John 4:13-5:1)Rev Gareth James, July 22, 2018
Part of the True Truths for Testing Times series, preached at a Sunday Evening service
We have noted from verse 19 that God has loved us and stamped divine love upon our souls – love to God, love to other believers and love to a lost world. The love stamped upon our souls has to be shown to our brothers and sisters in Christ.
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1 John 4:13-5:1
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. (ESV)