What did you learn about God from this text?
I had to cut short a “discovery study” with a new believer this week. We stopped with this question for the following text.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation of our sins.” 1 John 4:7-10
Love is from God.
We can be born of God.
We can know God.
God is love.
God makes His love known.
God made His love known by sending Jesus, His Son, into the world.
God wants us to live through Jesus.
God loves us even when we do not love Him.
God loved us when He sent Jesus as the sacrifice to take away our sins.
All this generated some joy for me.
And this text causes me to ask, really, what’s the evidence of knowing God?
Sometimes I think I need an enlarged vision of love.
Therefore, I need a clear vision of God. So I will fix my attention on Jesus, the Lamb of God that takes away the sin of the world.