Presentation on theme: "A Study in 1 John 4:7-21 Wednesday, 27 July 2011."— Presentation transcript:
A Study in 1 John 4:7-21 Wednesday, 27 July 2011
No Fear in Love – I am Loveable A: Definition: I am loveable I am worthy of love Loveable: having characteristics that attract love Godly ordained God is love Love is intrinsic
No Fear in Love – I am Loveable A: Definition: External attempts to make ourselves loveable are fallacious Gods love is fundamental and foundational to our identity and personhood Gods love is evidenced in the gift of the Lord Jesus Christ: John 3:16 & Romans 5:8
No Fear in Love – I am Loveable A: Definition: Gods love is sustained by the Holy Spirit Gods love demands that we love other: I John 5:12 & Ephesians 4:32 Summarily, I am a child of God and am worthy of Gods love which insists upon the love of others: John 1:12
No Fear in Love – I am Loveable B: The Practical Basis of Love Acceptance of Gods love in Christ Jesus Self Acceptance Respect Forsakes Fear Patience Spiritual
The Text – 1 John 4:7-15 Verse 7: Love is from God Verse 8: God is love Verses 9 & 10: The gift of Jesus Verses 11 & 12: Love of one another Verse 13: The gift of the Holy Spirit Verses 14 & 15: The testimony of Jesus and the witness to what God has done in Him
The Text – 1 John 4:16 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 him.
The Text – 1 John 4:17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him
The Text – 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, Because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
The Text – 1 John 4:18 Define Fear: a feeling of alarm Disquiet caused by the expectation of pain, danger, disaster, or terror A state or condition of apprehension and dread
Practical Applications of Self-love Fear has no place in love Self Acceptance is the essence of self love Self esteem is based on ego The Fallacy of self improvement Love is not burdensome: When my beloved asks?; Respect is fundamental to love Love rewards; it does not punish Love is Patient:
Practical Applications of Self-love Prayer and Meditation The Word of God: Psalm 139 Assets and liabilities lists Journal Therapy
Practical Applications of Self-love Supplemental help of a group Mentoring Love forgives all wrongs; love is the basis of forgiveness Love is spiritual; of Gods Spirit Love as most clearly defined in 1 Corinthians 13 Jesus Loves Me
No Fear in Love – Exposition on 1 John 4:18 In his first epistle, John offers a compelling legal argument about Gods perfect love. In 1 John 4:18, the great Apostle of Love offers a four-point, line of reasoning. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. John assures early disciples the perfect love of Almighty God completely annihilates fear.
No Fear in Love – Exposition on 1 John 4:18 In Christ, God most clearly and uniquely reveals His perfect love for humankind. This truth liberates us from fear of death; and empowers us to receive abundant and eternal life. There is no fear in love. Fear and love cannot coexist in the same heart. If we are in love, we should not live in anxiety and dread. Threat of loss or injury (emotional, physical, or financial) should not preoccupy our minds and hearts. Love enables peace and freedom.
No Fear in Love – Exposition on 1 John 4:18 People in love rely upon a foundation of trust, commitment and fidelity. They don not ruminate about possible loss of their relationship or any probability of harm. If each person applies perfect love in Christ, it eliminates fear. But perfect love drives our fear. By love, the Johannine evangelist means Gods agape as revealed in Christ and explicitly defined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Perfect love is patient and kind. It does not envy nor does it boast.
No Fear in Love – Exposition on 1 John 4:18 It is not rude, self-seeking or easily angered. It records no wrongs. It shuns evil and rejoices in the truth. It always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. Perfect love never fails. Accordingly, perfect love annihilates fear.
No Fear in Love – Exposition on 1 John 4:18 Fear has to do with punishment. For many years, countless preachers utilize the fear of hell as the main reason to seek salvation. They portray God as a vengeful and wrathful autocrat who anxiously awaits the opportunity to send sinful and guilty people to the burning lake of fire, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Overemphasizing eternal damnation devalues Gods unfathomable love.
No Fear in Love – Exposition on 1 John 4:18 In the gospel of love, John says in the immortal sixteenth verse of the third chapter, For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Furthermore, the evangelist says, God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him. It is hard to love genuinely when you are afraid of the person whom you love.
No Fear in Love – Exposition on 1 John 4:18 If you constantly flinch and anticipate danger, you can never know beauty and peace in perfect love. Fear coerces love as a means of possibly avoiding punishment rather than freely sharing feelings, devotion and commitment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. Allowing Gods perfect love to penetrate your soul and determine your identity most reliably removes fear. Imprisonment to fear prevents joy and wholeness.
No Fear in Love – Exposition on 1 John 4:18 You have a fundamental choice of stumbling and bumbling through life with meager hope of acquiring love or developing willingness and discipline to more greatly ascertain perfect love. Gods perfect love accomplishes more than removing fear. It cultivates inner healing and wholeness. Gods love frees you to become the very best child of God of which you are capable. Love in the covenant of marriage provides a foundation for success in your dreams and goals.
No Fear in Love – Exposition on 1 John 4:18 This longsuffering love relationship eliminates questioning self worth and proving you are lovable. Trepidation that another person may not appreciate your unique character disappears in the light of perfect love. Instead, you live imaginatively by developing ones God given talents and abilities to the fullest extent of ones natural endowments.