3. Love for the Brethren Produces Assurance (4:17 - 5:4a)

a. Love Faces Judgment Day with Confidence (4:17-18)

1) Confidence Results from Christlikeness (:17)

2) Christlike Love Knows No Fear of Judgment (:18)

b. Love for the Brethren Evidences Love for God (4:19 - 5:3)

1) Our ability to love depends on the divine initiative (:19)

2) Any claim to love God can be tested by practical love for the brethren (:20-21)

3) Those who love God will also love God's children (5:1)

4) Love for the brethren means love for God means obedience to God's commands (5:2-4a)

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