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God is love, and the one remaining in love remains in God and God remains in him.
1 John 4:16b-c lks

1 John 4:16b-21

Could it really be that loving others and loving God are necessarily linked? If so, how is it that those who do not love God are still able to love others? Is their behavior not love? Is John speaking of something else?

This section of John’s first letter makes bold statements about how we should live and why. The lesson for God-lovers is clear: If you love God then you must love your fellow God-lovers. The sort of love is also clear: Love (agape) is acting for the good of another because you have decided to do so. This sort of love places the needs of the other before the needs of the self.

God, thank you for teaching me the practice of love—albeit through tough lessons. As I obey your command to love my fellow Christ-followers, help me to understand how this assertion fits with my observation of the world.


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