August 26, 1990
First John reminds believers that the presence of divine love is evidence of God’s work in their lives. In this sermon, Alistair Begg helps us to understand that such love is initiated by God, builds confidence in our relationship with Him, banishes fear, is exhibited toward others, and impacts others for their good. God’s purposes in us and through us can therefore only be accomplished when the practice of our lives matches the love we profess to have for Him.
16So 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. 17By 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. 18There 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. 19We love because he first loved us. 20If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot1 love God whom he has not seen. 21And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
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