June 25- 1 John 4

God calls us to love without limits.  Without limits means loving when it hurts.  And that is a frightening thing.  That is why John says in v. 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.”  If we love perfectly we do not have to be afraid of being hurt.  Perfect love means we have no expectations on those we love, and if we have no expectations, it is impossible to be hurt.

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One Response to June 25- 1 John 4

  1. Sharon Owen says:

    In the last verse of this chapter, John once again makes the point that loving God means loving our brothers and sisters. When one reads it, this seems so self-evident, but practicing it is quite another matter. When I hear others talk of loving God and even when I read it in the scriptures, it sounds like it’s like a switch that is turned on or off. However, my own experience is that it takes time and effort (prayer, meditation, discipline, etc.) to love God in the manner the scriptures describe. John speaks of love being made “complete” in us and I choose to interpret this section to mean that love is dynamic, that it grows and “becomes” complete in us, rather than being there the moment we choose to accept Christ.

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