1 John 4:7,8 - Love For One Another Is Evidence Of A Relationship With God.
1Jo.4:7, 8: Love For One Another Is Evidence Of A Relationship
1 John 4:7,8 (KJV) Love one another: for love is of God; and
every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth
not knoweth not God; for God is love.
It is impossible to know who and what God is but not exercise
His special love to others. This is the proof of a person's walk
with God. Love, in this passage, is absolutely not human. The human
heart is a complete stranger to the kind of love described here. The
definition for God's agape love can be found in John 3:16, it is
self-sacrificial in nature; in I Corinthians 13, agape love is
patient, kind, not
jealous, doesn't brag, isn't arrogant, doesn't act unbecomingly, doesn't
seek its own, isn't provoked, doesn't take into account a wrong
suffered, doesn't rejoice in unrighteousness but in truth, bears all
things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things and
never, never fails. And last, agape love has Almighty God as its
source. Love is not God, God is love. We cannot exercise this love
without a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If you don't see it
in your life, ask God for it today and be prepared for a radical
change in your life. [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom]
Love is power. Intellectual and moral strength are involved in
this principle, and cannot be separated from it. The power of wealth
has a tendency to corrupt and destroy; the power of force is strong
to do hurt; but the excellence and value of pure love consist in
its efficiency to do good, and to do nothing else than good.
Whatsoever is done out of pure love, be it ever so little or contemptible
in the sight of men, is wholly fruitful; for God regards more with
how much love one worketh than the amount he doeth. Love is of God.
The unconverted heart cannot originate nor produce this plant of
heavenly growth, which lives and flourishes only where Christ reigns.
Love cannot live without action, and every act increases,
strengthens, and extends it. Love will gain the victory when argument and
authority are powerless. Love works not for profit nor reward; yet God has
ordained that great gain shall be the certain result of every labor of
love. It is diffusive in its nature and quiet in its operation, yet
strong and mighty in its purpose to overcome great evils. It is melting
and transforming in its influence, and will take hold of the lives
of the sinful and affect their hearts when every other means has
proved unsuccessful..... Jesus was the Prince of Peace. He came into
the world to bring resistance and authority into subjection to
Himself. Wisdom and strength He could command, but the means He employed
with which to overcome evil were the wisdom and strength of love.