Jesus with John -- the apostle of love.

1 John 5:13-14 -- I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.

1 John 4 Commentary of the Bible

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When Unbelief Is Right  ( 1 John 4:1-3 )  Daily Devotion

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit. (1 John 4:1a)

When Unbelief is Right  ( 1 John 4:1-3 )  Sunday Message

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Anyone who knows anything at all about Christianity knows that it puts great stress upon believing. Not believing myths and legends, as many seem to think, but believing facts. Faith is not a way of convincing yourself that something is true when you know it is not, as someone has defined it, but faith is believing something that is true. In order to be a Christian you must be a believer, because from faith comes life, strength, peace, and joy, and all else that the Christian life offers.

God Is Greater  ( 1 John 4:4-6 )  Daily Devotion

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

God is Greater  ( 1 John 4:4-6 )  Sunday Message

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Some months ago I received a letter from a friend of mine, a man with whom I once shared wonderfully deep and precious moments of fellowship together. In my opinion he had evidenced in his life a keen insight into the understanding of Scripture. We enjoyed talking with each other about the things of God. He was trained in the same seminary that I attended.

God Is Love  ( 1 John 4:7-10 )  Daily Devotion

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. (1 John 4:8)

Love made Visible  ( 1 John 4:7-12 )  Sunday Message

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Who will deny that love is the dominant theme of the age in which we live? Everyone talks about love, though not everyone practices it. A kind friend sent me a recent survey conducted by a team of professional pollsters, asking the question, "What do people love the most in life?" Categories were children, animals, God, the United States, their enemies, and themselves. It was discovered that 92% of the people said they loved children, barely edging out God at 86%. The United States, surprisingly enough, came third at 75%; animals were fourth, at 66%.

To Live in Joy — Ch 4: Joy in Loving  ( 1 John 4:11-12 )  Online Book

At one time, Shelley was easy to identify in our church family. She was a frail young woman, sometimes on crutches or in a wheelchair. But whenever she had mobility she was entwined with small handicapped children. Refusing to acknowledge the negative prognosis of her own illness, she lived each day, as she still does, to her maximum capacity. "Gutsy," some would say.

The Debt Of Love  ( 1 John 4:11-16 )  Daily Devotion

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. (1 John 4:11)

Love's Accomplishments  ( 1 John 4:13-21 )  Sunday Message

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This week an editorial caught my eye as I was reading through the paper. The heading said, "Love Menaces The City." It struck me rather forcibly that love should ever be considered a menace. This week in Tampa, and in Cleveland, and in other cities, there has been violence in the streets menacing the life of a city, but in San Francisco it is love that is a menace.

To Live in Joy — Ch 2: Where It All Begins  ( 1 John 4:16-19 )  Online Book

Obey me, says Jesus. "Love each other as I have loved you." The outcome, he says, is that his joy will become our joy. Joy is the essence of life as God intended it to be, the climax of his relationship with his people. All of God's goodness has in it the quality of undiminished joy. Joy is his nature, and when we are joyless we may be sure we have rejected him, ignored him, or misunderstood him in some measure, great or small. Surely hell is the consequence of the final consummate rejection of God's love, and therefore of joy!

Confidence At The Judgment  ( 1 John 4:17-21 )  Daily Devotion

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. (1 John 4:17)