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Summary: God does not love like man. God loves us consistently, God loves us unconditional God loves us, because of His grace.

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By Grace I am Lovable

1 John 4: 7- 19

God’s Love and Ours

1Jn 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

1Jn 4:8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.

1Jn 4:9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

1Jn 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1Jn 4:11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.

1Jn 4:12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

1Jn 4:13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.

1Jn 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.

1Jn 4:15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.

1Jn 4:16 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.

1Jn 4:17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.

1Jn 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1Jn 4:19 We love because he first loved us.

Illustration

o A Spanish father wanted to have the estranged son come back home.

o So he put a paper add “Paco meet me at the Hotel Montana square, Tuesday 12 noon All is forgiven. I love you – Papa”

o Paco is a common name in Spain

o On Tuesday when he turned up at the Hotel square – there were 800 young men named Paco waiting for their fathers

o Everybody wants love, Everybody needs love,

o And when we think of love, from the human perspective, what do we think of

 “I will love you if...”

 “I will love you as long...”

What is it about God’s love that is different?

There are no “if’s” & “as long’s”

• God’s love is consistent (everlasting)

o Jeremiah 31:3 “I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with loving kindness.” NASB"

o In this passage, God is making specific reference to Israel’s time during the exodus - Israel was somewhat less committed to God.

o Yet God said to them, and to us, “I have loved you with an everlasting”

1. Never ending

2. Not works based,

3. Not a lovability based,

4. But rather, “everlasting” without end love

o God’s love is consistent, based solely on the fact that God is love.

o And since God’s love is consistent, it is also unconditional.

• God love is unconditional,

o Listen to what Christ said in Luke 6:35-36 - “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High: FOR He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

o Did you here it clearly “For He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.”

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