The one who loves is one who has been born of God and has already overcome the world. Lord, help us to show our faith by acts of love.

The one who loves is one who has been born of God and has already overcome the world. Lord, help us to show our faith by acts of love.

BibleGateway: 1 John 4:12-5:5

ESV Text: 1 John 4:12-5:5

1 John 4:12–5:5 (Listen)

12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot1 love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Overcoming the World

5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Footnotes

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12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

     14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

     17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.(KJV)


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     1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 351 (LSB 700):
Love Divine, all Love Excelling

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1. Love Divine, all love excelling, 
Joy of heaven, to earth come down, 
Fix in us Thy humble dwelling, 
All Thy faithful mercies crown. 
Jesus, Thou art all compassion, 
Pure, unbounded love Thou art; 
Visit us with Thy salvation, 
Enter every trembling heart. 

2. Breathe, oh, breathe Thy loving Spirit 
Into every troubled breast; 
Let us all in Thee inherit, 
Let us find the promised rest. 
Take away the love of sinning; 
Alpha and Omega be; 
End of faith as its beginning, 
Set our hearts at liberty. 

3. Come, Almighty, to deliver; 
Let us all Thy life receive. 
Suddenly return and never, 
Nevermore, Thy temples leave. 
Thee we would be always blessings, 
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above, 
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing, 
Glory in Thy perfect love. 

4. Finish, then, Thy new creation; 
Pure and spotless let us be. 
Let us see Thy great salvation 
Perfectly restored in Thee, 
Changed from glory into glory, 
Till in heaven we take our place, 
Till we cast our crowns before Thee, 
Lost in wonder, love, and praise. 


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