June 12, 2022 – Love
I John 4:7-12
True, Biblical love is a choice, not a feeling. It deliberately expresses itself in loving ways and always seeks the welfare of others. Biblical love is dependent on the giver’s character, not emotion. True love chooses to set aside one’s own preferences, desires, and sometimes even needs to put the other person first. Jesus not only gives us the perfect example of this love, he forgives our lack of love, empowers us to act in love, and satisfies the Father’s righteous requirements for love on our behalf.
I John 4:7-12 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.