September 8, 1985
The apostle John provides three grounds for Christian assurance: we will know we are truly Christ’s by living a life of genuine obedience, belief, and love. Of these, Alistair Begg unpacks how God’s love in particular is expressed among believers. Love is God’s nature, and we are born of God, who reveals His love to us both in His Son Jesus and through our love for one another. We should therefore stir ourselves toward godly love for the Lord and each other.
7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9In 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. 10In 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. 11Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
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