As God’s sons and daughters, we bear His reflection. He wants us to adorn His teaching, make known His nature, and manifest His life and love. In our lesson today, we will seek to develop a deeper understanding of what it means that God is love. And, we will challenge ourselves to develop the kind of love that He has for us: having a heart for everyone.
I. 4.8 – God is Love.
- His love explains creation.
- His love explains providence. He has filled our world with evidences in the wonder and beauty of life.
- His love explains redemption.
- Love explains life after death.
- So, God defines love by His kindness, generosity, goodness, and grace.
II. God’s Universal Love for Mankind.
- God has moved with unlimited love for the entire world. See Titus 3.4.
- Matthew 5.45 – Common Grace.
- 2 Peter 3.8-9 – Compassion.
- 2 Peter 3.10-11 – Warnings. See also Ezekiel 33.11.
- Matthew 28.19-20 – He has sent the gospel to all the earth.
- God is love. There is no greater demonstration than the gift of His Son, 4.9.
- 4.10 – God sent Jesus to cover our sins. See Romans 3.25.
- Isaiah 53.5-6; 2 Corinthians 5.21; Galatians 3.13; 1 Peter 2.24.
III. We are to Reflect God’s love.
- Let’s go back to 1 John 4.7-11. See the imperatives.
- 4.7a – Let us love one another.
- 2. 4.11 – We also ought to love one another.
- Possession of knowledge is not sufficient to prove our salvation. True relationship always demonstrates itself in love. See 1 John 3.18.
- This is evidence that we are sons and daughters of God. See Ephesians 5.1-2.
- This is to become our living testimony.
- 4.12 – The only way people know of His love and character is through us.
- John 13.34-35 — The unseen God is seen in the love of believers.
- 1 John 4.19-21 – Love is the core of the Christian experience.
- Where would you be without the love of God?