Devo – 1 John 4:19

1 John 4:19 – We love, because He first loved us

  1. Intro

    1. PRAY!

    2. Book intro:

      1. The book 1 John was written by the Apostle John after 70 AD while he was in Ephesus. John writes to address the issue of people leaving the church to follow false doctrine. Because of this I believe that John addresses key concepts in the Christian life: Faith in Jesus Christ, obedience to God, and loving God and others.

    3. Read 1 John 4:7-21

  2. God’s love came first

    1. 1 John 4:19 – We love Him because He first loved us.

      1. God loved us first, it was nothing that we did, nothing that we were going to do that caused God to love us. He loved us first, in His plan He loved us before we could even respond to that love.

      2. Romans 5:8-10
        [Rom 5:8 NKJV] But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

        [Rom 5:9 NKJV] Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

        [Rom 5:10 NKJV] For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

      3. Again, God loved us not because He knew that we would love Him back, or do something worthy of His love. But the opposite, knowing that we would rebel, knowing that we would sin. Even so He loved us first.

      4. Because of this love we can have boldness in our faith, in our walk with God.

        1. Not having fear or uncertainty, wondering IF God loves us, IF God will respond to our love, IF we have done enough to earn God’s love.

        2. In loving us first He those fears are taken away and we can faith and peace resting in God’s love.

    2. How much does God love us?

      1. John 3:16

        [Jhn 3:16 NKJV] “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

      2. 1 John 4:9,10
        [1Jo 4:9 NKJV] In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.

        [1Jo 4:10 NKJV] 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.

      3. God loves us so much that He gave His only begotten Son, Christ to die for us. We are loved so much that Christ gave His life for us. Not on a whim, or because of our merit, because we could not earn God’s love or even please Him on our own. As Hebrews 11:6 says “[Heb 11:6 NKJV] But without faith [it is] impossible to please [Him], …”

      4. Neither is it a reaction to our corrupted state in sin. It is not as if God did not know man would rebel, and Christ’s sacrifice was an impromptu bandage because God grew to love us. But because it was God’s plan and He loved us from the beginning. God knew we would sin, God knew blood would need to be shed, that Christ would be the payment for our sins.

      1. John 15:13

        [Jhn 15:13 NKJV] “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

      2. What great love does God have for us, that it was His plan to save rebellious sinners by giving of Himself on the cross. That Christ would bare the cup of God’s wrath for our sake.

      3. As it says in Isaiah 53:10 “But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, …” [NASB]

        1. Jesus was crushed for our sake, and that pleased God. Could you imagine, willfully giving your child to be brutally murdered? Which is difficult in itself, but God didn’t do it to save the innocent, or those worthy of His love. Christ was sacrificed to save the lost, the guilty, the sinners. He did it to save us.

        2. Yet Christ endured the cross because of the joy set before Him, Hebrews 12:2, the joy of a restored relationship with us.

  1. Response to God’s Love

    1. Knowing the price God paid, what is our response to God’s love?

      1. 1 John 2:3-5

        [1Jo 2:3 NKJV] Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.

        [1Jo 2:4 NKJV] He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

        [1Jo 2:5 NKJV] But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

      2. 1 John 3:23,24

        [1Jo 3:23 NKJV] And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

        [1Jo 3:24 NKJV] Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

      3. 1 John 5:1-3
        [1Jo 5:1 NKJV] Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him.

        [1Jo 5:2 NKJV] By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments.

        [1Jo 5:3 NKJV] For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

      4. We are to love God and follow His Commandments.

        1. We follow His commandments because we love Him.

        2. Not to earn His love, but in response to the love that God already has for us.

        3. By following God’s commandments, and loving one another, it acts as evidence of knowing Him.

          1. John 13:35

            [Jhn 13:35 NASB] “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

          2. Matthew 7:16, 20 talks of knowing them by their fruits

          3. Galatians 5:22 lists love as part of the the fruit of the Spirit.

          4. So that if we are believers in Christ, having the fruit of the Spirit, good fruit should be reflected in our lives. There should be a love in our lives that can only be found through God and it is a reflection of His love towards us.

    2. What are God’s commandments for us?

      1. Mark 12:30,31
        [Mar 12:30 NKJV] ‘And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This [is] the first commandment.

        [Mar 12:31 NKJV] “And the second, like [it, is] this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

      2. Matthew 5:43,44

        [Mat 5:43 NKJV] “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’

        [Mat 5:44 NKJV] “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,

      3. 1 John 4:21

        [1Jo 4:21 NKJV] And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God [must] love his brother also.

      4. God commands us to love Him and love our neighbors, our enemies, our brothers and sisters in Christ.

      5. In Mathew 25, Jesus gives us examples of loving others and in so doing we are loving Him. Mathew 25:40 – “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

      6. Hebrews 13:1,2 and 1 Peter 4:9 speaks to us being hospitable to strangers and our fellow Christians. Ministering to one another and sharing in God’s grace.

      7. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13, that without love he would be a clanging symbol, even he would be nothing without love.

    3. We are to love one another

      1. 1 John 2:9-11

        [1Jo 2:9 NKJV] He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.

        [1Jo 2:10 NKJV] He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him.

        [1Jo 2:11 NKJV] But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

      2. 1 John 3:16

        [1Jo 3:16 NKJV] By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down [our] lives for the brethren.

      3. 1 John 4:11,12

        [1Jo 4:11 NKJV] Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

        [1Jo 4:12 NKJV] No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.

      4. God has provides an example of love for us.

        1. He loved us first, He initiated love. So the love we show others should be in the same way. We should not wait for others to love us, wait and see if they are worth or can earn our own favor. But actively love others first.

        2. Christ gave His life for us, John 15:13 tells us there is no greater love than this. John in 1 John 3:16 tells us we should be willing to do the same for our brothers and sisters in Christ.

      5. As we become closer to God and grow in our faith God’s love is perfected in us. It is a process that we as believers will go through and become more evident as we mature in our faith.

  2. Closing

    1. To know that God experienced what I felt as a parent losing my boy, Theo, but on such a more drastic level has made God’s love all the more real to me.

    2. That in the mystery of the Trinity, God gave His Son to die, to be separated from, being a guilt offering, taking on our sins, bearing His wrath so that we might be saved is amazing. That it pleased Him, that He had joy in it for our sake, while we were His enemies… doing so willingly, with full knowledge of our sins. That it was His plan, His sovereign will to do so… what an awesome God we serve. How can we not respond to Christ’s love by loving Him and one another.

    3. PRAY!

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