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Live to Love Scripture Encouragement Norm Wakefield

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Podcast by Norm Wakefield

    The proof of our union with God: faith and love.

    The proof of our union with God: faith and love.

    1 John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.
    In vss. 13-16, John encouraged his readers (and all who are His) that they know if they are one with God. In this verse, we learn the proof that God lives in us and we in Him. That’s what John meant when he wrote, “By this we know.” Surely this proof echoes Jesus’ words to His disciples in John 14:20. “In that day (the day you receive the Holy Spirit) you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” John went one step further in this verse and vss. 14-16) by giving the proof that one has the Holy Spirit: They have the fruit or work of the Holy Spirit evident within them. What is that fruit? It is faith and love.
    Here’s the reasoning. If you have the Holy Spirit, then you know, or it proves three realities. 1). Jesus is in God. 2). You are in Jesus. and 3). Jesus is in you. The proof that you have the Holy Spirit is that you believe that Jesus is the Christ, sent from God in the flesh as a propitiation for your sins (vs. 15), and you love with Him (vs. 16). Faith and love are “of His Spirit.” It is only by the Holy Spirit that one believes in Jesus (vs. 2) and by the same Spirit that we are enabled to love (vs. 12-13). The natural man isn’t able to believe in Jesus to the glory of God nor is he able to love with God’s love, which is supernatural.
    Do you have the proof in your life that you abide in Jesus and He abides in you? John wasn’t suggesting that if you try to believe in Jesus and try to live to love you will earn union with God. He was saying that if you believe in Jesus and love your brothers and sisters in Christ, then it is proof that you abide in Jesus and He abides in you. You have the finished work of God’s love operating in your life to assure you that you are one with God. I hope this encourages you today, because if it does, then you are living to love with Jesus. If it’s convicting, because you don’t see His work in your life, then take heart. Repent of believing in yourself and trust in Jesus as God’s provision for your salvation and for the power to live for the glory of God. Receive the Holy Spirit to manifest and perfect the life, faith, and love of Christ in your life.

    • 3 min
    The love of God finishes its course in us who believe

    The love of God finishes its course in us who believe

    1 John 4:11-12 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

    Let’s recall how God so loved us from vs. 10. He sent His s on to be the propitiation for our sins. In love, God took upon Himself the burden of justice that our sins deserve. The wages of sin is death, and we all owe a debt which we cannot pay and still live. The Father and Son justified us through His death as our substitute so we could live to love with Jesus in the power of the Holy Spirit for His glory.
    Can you see how I came to that conclusion in vs. 12? Although no one has seen God at any time (and I think He was referring to God, the Father, the One and only, Almighty God), His presence in the lives of those who are His is revealed by His love flowing through them. His love is the light of His presence. As John wrote, “If we love one another, God abides in us.”
    The idea that God’s love is perfected in us as we love each other is insightful and instructive. The word connotes the completion of a course or the fulfillment of purpose. The love in the Godhead cannot be completed if it isn’t given, poured out upon undeserving creatures who in turn pour out His love to other undeserving creatures. So His love is literally perfected or completed in the body of Christ as one member loves another member of Jesus’ body with His love. So there it is: we live through Jesus as we love with Jesus. The body of Christ living to love with Jesus reveals God to the world. So love completes it’s course. It flows from God the Father, through the Son, and through His children as they love each other.
    Be encouraged by this great truth as you live to love with Jesus. You have God abiding in you, whose love isn’t finished accomplishing what it was sent to accomplish until you love someone by doing whatever it takes for their highest good, for God’s glory. As each person you love with Jesus receives His love, God’s love finishes its course so the world can see that God abides in you. And if He lives in you, He can also live in them, if they will believe that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in the flesh to save them from their sins and fulfill His purpose to reveal Himself through them as they love with Jesus.

    • 3 min
    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

    Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

    1 John 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
    We are encouraged today by an if/then statement. If God has manifested his love in us by giving us his Son so that we might live through Him, then we also ought to manifest his love to one another. It makes total sense that if God, who is love dwells in us, and we live through Him, that His love would be the outstanding dynamic among those who are His.
    Jesus said as much in John 13:34 and 35 when He gave them the new commandment to love as He loved and said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples.” And again in John 15:8, Jesus encouraged the disciples when He said, “My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit (and of course, the fruit is love) and so prove to be My disciples.”
    The very presence of the life of Jesus Christ in us is the proof that God loves us, and therefore we should be excited about loving Him by loving His children, our brothers and sisters in Christ. I hope you’ll pray now, and be filled with the Holy Spirit, so that you’re ready to love everyone God puts in your path today, for His glory.

    • 1 min
    This is love…that He sent His Son to pay sin’s penalty.

    This is love…that He sent His Son to pay sin’s penalty.

    1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
    In this verse, we learn how God’s love is manifested in us as we live through Jesus. Our love for God isn’t the main show that the world needs to see. It’s God’s love for sinners that the world needs to see. It’s not possible for God’s love to be manifested in sinners unless their sins are paid for and they are redeemed and restored into a right relationship with God.
    Notice what Paul wrote to the Ephesians in 4:32. “Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Because we have been forgiven and have received God’s mercy, kindness, and forgiveness, we show His love to others. Our lives of love testify to God’s nature and love for His enemies, which we once were. This is the love of God manifested in us to the world as we live through Jesus.
    What a glorious privilege and hope we have to be vessels of His grace, mercy, and love. We want the world to see how glorious and wonderful God is. He is worthy to be made much of, and our prayer is that as we love with Jesus, many will be amazed at His love and drawn to Jesus through His love. May God glorify Himself as we make much of Jesus and live to love with Him today.

    • 1 min
    We reveal God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

    We reveal God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ.

    1 John 4:9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
    The love of God is manifested to the world in us as we live through Jesus Christ. Jesus was sent into the world for the purpose of giving eternal life to those who are His. His resurrection proves that He is life, and our living in this world through Him shows the world that He still lives. When we stop and meditate on this truth, we should be awe-struck, amazed, and grateful.
    John continued the point that those who love with God’s love know Him. He said that those who live through Him, which is the same as living with Him, manifest or show God’s love. How do we live through Jesus? We live our lives through His purpose, which was and is to love with His Father. We live our lives filtering all of life through Jesus’ worldview. Every situation and relationship is filtered through 3 unchanging realities. 1). There is only one God from whom are all things and He is love. 2). Jesus’ love is enough. His love satisfies the deepest desires of my soul. If I have Him, I am content. 3). God’s purpose in all things in my life is to reveal Jesus and His love in this world for His glory.
    As we live to love with Him, we are manifesting His love, the sustained direction of the will toward the highest good of those He puts in our paths, in the power of the Holy Spirit, for God’s glory. In so doing, God’s purpose for His Son and His purpose for us is fulfilled. This shows His love in us.
    Have you realized that living to love with Jesus is the proof that God sent His Son and that He lives? Do you realize the significance of your life in this world and in God’s administration of His kingdom? We are one with Jesus, with His purpose, with His mindset, and with His glory. Now that’s encouraging!

    • 2 min
    God is love.

    God is love.

    1 John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
    This verse answers a question. Is it possible for someone to know God and not be transformed by His love? No, it isn’t possible that someone knows God and doesn’t express that love to others. The reason it’s impossible is that knowing God isn’t simply having knowledge (which by the way was the belief of the gnostics who were causing the problems in the church at that time). One knows God only by the indwelling presence and power of the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself said that He came to give eternal life to all the Father gave to Him and “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Jesus gives eternal life by indwelling those born of God. The Son is born in them, therefore they know God the Father and the Son. The divine nature of God that comes to live in believers is love.
    The spirit of error operating in John’s day still operates today. There are those who twist this verse and say that “love is god.” Their god is not one that is transformative, it leaves one to do what one feels is love without making any changes.
    John’s point was that God’s presence and love is transformative. If God bestows His love on a person, the person knows He is known by God. By the love which the person receives, he knows God. The response to knowing God is to love Him as the Son loves Him because the Son has come to live in him. To love Him is to love with Him just like Jesus loved with His Father. Those who don’t love with God’s kind of love, don’t know God, for God is love.
    What a wonderful encouragement to live to love with Jesus. We who have been loved by God and know God want to love with Jesus. We want to live our lives for His glory because we have the nature of God dwelling in our mortal bodies, filling our hearts with love, and satisfied in the fullness of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, God’s son.

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