7534 - Live In Love


Audio transcript

It’s such a joy to have you join us today as we talk about how to “Live In Love.”

We are engaged in a study of 1 John chapter 4, looking closely at the love of God and how that applies to us.

Today we’ll focus on 1 John 4:16. It says, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”

Consider that phrase we “rely on the love God has for us.” Remember that the word ‘love’ in every occurrence in this passage is translated from the Greek root of “agape” which is an unselfish, sacrificial love.

We rely upon the love of God when we stand upon the truth of John 3:16 (KJ) “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” “For God so loved...”it says, and we rely upon this love in faith. We do not entertain doubt, but we live in His love.

And because “agape” love is an integral part of God’s character, verses like Romans 8, verses 38 and 39 (KJ) come alive in our lives. We read, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” When we read this truth we grasp it, reverence it and it thrills our hearts because we are in God’s love.

Because we live in God’s love we rightly claim other promises. Hebrews 6:19 tells us: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure...” So rather than fret in doubt we rejoice in certainty.

Then we: “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” These attitudes from 1 Thessalonians 5, verses16-18 (RSV) are the life of those who live in God’s supernatural love.

We rejoice that within God’s great “agape” love the truth of 2 Corinthians 5 (vv17-20) regarding Christians being made new creatures when Christ takes over, is true.

God would not be God without the quality of love. This verse clearly and forcefully declares, “God is love.” There’s no doubt that every promise of love will be fulfilled.

We rejoice that it’s true that God is love. In fact He’s the only fountain of that supernatural “agape” love. How thankful that Romans 5:5(b) tells us: “God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us.”

Oh friend, the “agape” love of this passage presents the concept of sacrificial, steadfast love characteristic of God. So when the verse says, “Whoever lives in love” its talking about believers who are in an obedient relationship with God, so that God is able to freely and liberally display His love in their arena of life. He’s able to guide and direct their affairs. He’s able to protect them from the wiles of the devil; and He’s able to use them in carrying out His mission here on earth. Do you get the picture? These are children of God who keep short accounts regarding sin. They quickly confess any sin and offense, which would cause a separation in fellowship. Likewise they are open vessels through which God’s love may freely flow to people whom God places in their path along the way.

Verse 16 goes on to share “whoever lives in love lives in God, and God lives in him.” This is the description of people who abide in God and in whom God lives His indwelling life. It’s a close, loving relationship enjoyed by both parties.