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Reading: 1 John chapter 4 verses 7-16:


• An elderly man stopped at a hearing aid centre and asked about prices.

• The salesman said “We have them from £25,000 down to £1.50,”

• “What’s the £25,000 one like?”

• The salesman said “Well it translates three languages.”

• “And what about the one for £1.50?”

• “It’s this button attached to a string,” said the salesman, pushing it across the counter.

• “How does it work?”

• “It doesn’t” replied the salesman said;

• “But if you put the button in your ear and the string in your pocket,

• You’ll be surprised how loud people talk!”

The apostle John wants his readers to emphasise something important to his readers:

• He will not shout loudly but he will repeat himself; until he is understood!

• In fact for the third time in this short letter John wants us to consider the subject of love!

• This does not mean John has run out of things to say;

• And has just resorted to repeating himself.

• It means……… that the Holy Spirit, who inspired John,

• Will present the subject once more, from a deeper point of view.


• John’s letter has been called a spiritual staircase;

• Always revolving around the same centre.

• Through out this letter John keeps returning to his favourite three topics;

• Love, obedience and truth.

• His repetition is not laziness or lack of new things to say;

• In fact the opposite, each time he returns he is teaching us something new.


In chapters one and two of this letter the emphasis is on ‘Fellowship’;

• A Christian who is in fellowship with God;

• Will naturally want fellowship with other Christians.


In chapter 3 the emphasis has been ‘Sonship’;

• Because every Christian is ‘Born of God’ or ‘children of God’.

• Because we are ‘Of God’ we should be ‘Like God’.

• In chapters 1&2; love for other Christians is a matter of light or darkness;

• In chapter 3 love for other Christians is a matter of life or death.

Now in chapter 4 verses 7-16:

• Love for other Christians is actually the evidence that you are saved.

• That you know God!

• John is going to remind us again;

• That love is the most important ingredient of the Christians life.

• Love is part of the very being and nature of God.

• If we are united to God through faith in Christ, we share His nature.

• And since His nature is love,

• Love is the test of the reality of our spiritual life.


• A navigator depends on a compass to help him determine his course.

• A compass always gives direction by pointing north.

• It is designed to respond to the magnetic field that is part of the earth's makeup.

• The compass is responsive to the nature of the earth.

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