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1 John 4:16-19 (ESV)
16 So we have come to know (ginosko) and to believe (pisteuo) 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 (teleioo) with us, so that we may have confidence (parrasea) 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.
1. to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel
a. to become known
2. to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of
a. to understand
b. to know
3. Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman
4. to become acquainted with, to know
The meaning here is to intimately perceive and experience the love of God.
1. to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in
a. of the thing believed
1) to credit, have confidence
b. in a moral or religious reference
1) used in the NT of the conviction and trust to which a man is impelled by a
certain inner and higher prerogative and law of soul
2) to trust in Jesus or God as able to aid either in obtaining or in doing something:
saving faith ; mere acknowledgment of some fact or event: intellectual faith
We are also to possess faith-filled confidence in the Love of God.
John writes under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that God is Love!
And equates abiding in love with abiding in God.
Abiding, here, is to dwell in, remain in, intimately connected like a branch in a vine.
This abiding process, then, is how the maturing, perfecting, and completing of the love happens in our hearts.
1 John 4:17 (ESV)
17 By this is love perfected (teleioo) with us, …
The true test that love is maturing in us is two fold:
1) Confidence growing
2) Fear being driving out of our heart and mind culture
So - Knowing and Believing the love of God - leads to abiding in love - which matures love - which builds confidence and eradicates fear so that we radically love God and people.
How do we engage intimate perception of the Love of God?
Two Vital Dynamics I want to share with you
1. Receiving the already initiated Love of God in your experience.
1 John 4:19 (ESV)
19 We love because he first loved us.
It is a powerful accelerant in our growth of Love of God when we begin to receive the love that he is already pouring out on us.
The enemy wants to derail this experience or deceive you into thinking you have to “get God to Love you”.
The beginning question in Ginosko-ing the love of the Lord is - are you receiving revelation of and perceiving the actual Love that is being poured out in you by grace?
Romans 5:5 (AMP)
5 Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
2. Allowing the accurate thoughts and feelings of the Lord about you to pierce through the shame-filled, “I’m not worthy" filter that affects us all.
Song of Songs 1:5-6 (ESV)
5 I am very dark, but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, like the tents of Kedar, like the curtains of Solomon.
6 Do not gaze at me because I am dark, because the sun has looked upon me. My mother's sons were angry with me; they made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept!
She has the “Eden shame” happening through her words - “don’t gaze at me” and “my mother’s sons were angry with me”.
The Bridegroom will say though:
Song of Songs 1:15 (ESV)
15 Behold, you are beautiful, my love; behold, you are beautiful; your eyes are doves.
Song of Songs 2:14 (ESV)
14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock, in the crannies of the cliff, let me see your face, let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
He sees and feels differently about her than she feels and sees about herself.
I promise you that the mixture of shame/condemnation in your heart mixed with the accusing ministry of the enemy has warped your “perceiver” making it difficult to hear and receive the loving adoration of the Lord for you.
Even in mixture he loves you passionately.
He wants you free from the grieving habits, words, and actions that are sin, but this is so that you are wholly free to receive and release His love.
Set your heart to ginosko the Love of God no matter what is takes or costs.