How Deep Is Your Love
How To Be Confident Before God
HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE? A Study in I John
How To Be Confident Before God I John 4:17-21
Main theme of I John - 1:3 - that the deep love and fellowship the apostles knew with the Father, Christ and one another would be secured by us.
Verse 16 concluded with John’s surety of God’s love; it was something John knew and believed. When a believer continues to “Experience Faith” in a circle of believers who love one another, it gives proof that the individual and Christ are also experiencing a deep love for one another!
Love gives Christians confidence in the Day of Judgment. Vs. 17-18
Verse 17 reveals that the love being perfected in us generates confidence regarding the Judgment Seat of Christ. II Corinthians 5:9-10
Confidence, rather than fear, is grounded in our likeness to Jesus, a likeness that continually ____________________ __________.
We cannot love God while simultaneously hating a brother or sister in Christ. Vs. 19-21
Our ability to love God and others starts and endures with God’s love.
The apostle John makes a radical statement: it is harder to love _________ than __________________.
Verse 21 closes with this powerful statement - whoever loves God is ___________________________ to love other believers.
Embrace the love of God by entering into a personal relationship with Him and receiving salvation through Christ Jesus!
Consider Gary Chapman’s “The 5 Love Languages” of time (Hebrews 13:5; John 14:16-18), physical touch (I John 1:1), gifts (John 3:16; I John 4:10), encouraging words (John 14:1-3) and service (John 6/feeding 5000, John 13/washing disciples’ feet). Jesus fulfilled all of these! How are we doing?