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1 John 4:7-19
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
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.
This passage alludes that love must be “perfected in us”.
12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling,
13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
The Holy Spirit is working in us for the good pleasure of the Father and the Son.
That work largely orbits around “perfecting love” in us in these three areas:
1. Receiving and Experiencing the Love from God
2. Giving and Expressing Love to God
3. Manifesting this Love to others
Perfecting: Teleios (maturity, full grown, lacking nothing)
Love: Agape (affection, acts of benevolence, good will)
Our hearts struggle with and Satan attacks our core experience of divine love.
The essential core and eternal value of the Kingdom of God is: Love.
Matthew 22:34-40 and 1 Corinthians 13 reveal that Love is the sum of all of God’s desires and commands as well as the “most excellent way”.
We can and should be experiencing:
- love driven relationship with the Lord and others
- love driven holiness
- love driven prayer
- love driven mission
Signs that we are not “perfected" in love:
3. Simply not loving others
The Holy Spirit is perpetually working in our lives to “mature or perfect” the culture of love in our hearts, minds, and actions by:
1. Pouring out love into our hearts
5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
2. Convicting us of sin which restricts our experience of wholehearted love.
3. Orchestrating circumstances that lovingly expose our fear-ish, selfish ways.
4. Sending others to prophetically remind us of His central intention for us to go deep in Love with Him and others.