Our Love Made Real
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Zephaniah 1:14–1:15, Romans 2:5–2:5, John 3:36–3:36, John 12:48–12:48, 1 John 4:17–4:18
Our Love Made Real 3.24.19
A 13-week message series in the book of 1 John
When the project called “Your Life on Earth” is finished, God will look over your work, evaluate and appraise it, and give you feedback.
Zephaniah 1:14-15 NIV
14 The great day of the Lord is near—near and coming quickly.The cry on the day of the Lord is bitter;the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry. 15 That day will be a day of wrath—a day of distress and anguish,a day of trouble and ruin,a day of darkness and gloom,a day of clouds and blackness—
Romans 2:5 NIV
5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
John 3:36 NIV
36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.
John 12:48 NIV
48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.
1 John 4:17-18 ESV
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.
John's answer to the question, How can you and I have confidence for the Day of Judgment? is BE PERFECTED IN LOVE.
REST IN GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU! (1 John 4:13-16)
1 John 4:13-16 NIV
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: 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 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. (1 John 4:16)
RESPOND TO HIS LOVE BY LOVING OTHERS! (1 John 4:19-21)
1 John 4:19-21 NIV
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
Love for others is evidence of genuine, persevering faith in Christ. Consistent, hard-hearted lack of love for others is evidence of dead faith.