Seven Reasons To Love One Another Part 2

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 for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.(1 John 4:7-12)

This is the second of two sermons on this text. Last week we discussed the charge that is given, ‘Beloved, let us love one another’. Today we will be looking at the reasons for giving the charge. John says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for…” Or we could say, “Beloved, let us love one another, because…”.

  1. We are to love because love is from God (4:7b – ‘Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God’)

  2. We are to love because love is evidence that one is born of God (4:7c – ‘...whoever loves has been born of God’)

  3. We are to love because love is evidence that one knows God (4:7d - ‘whoever loves has been born of God and knows God’)

  4. We are to love because not loving is evidence that one does not know God (4:8 – ‘Anyone who does not love does not know God’)

  5. We are to love because God is love (4:8b – ‘Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love’)

  6. We are to love because God demonstrated His love to us (4:9-11 – ‘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 for our sins. Beloved, if God so love us, we also ought to love one another.’)

  7. We are to love because we are to demonstrate God’s love to others (4:12 – ‘No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.’)

John gives seven reasons why believers are now able to love from the heart and not simply by way of external conformity. If John did not give these reasons we might soon begin to despair because of this charge.

There was a time in my life when I did not have much assurance of my salvation. My understanding of salvation was so small that I believed any sin that I committed would make God cast me out of his hand. Daily I would pray to be saved all over again out of fear that I had thought or done something that had caused me to fall from grace.

One day we were studying the ‘ordo-salutis’ which is a Latin term that refers to the ‘Order of Salvation’. This refers to nine different parts of salvation that are given in Scripture that are promised to happen to those who are saved. These things include: Election, The Gospel Call, Regeneration, Conversion, Justification, Sanctification, Perseverance, Glorification.

As I learned about these things I began to realize that God had designed a comprehensive and exhaustive way to save the worst of sinners. As a result, I grew in confidence and in my assurance of what God had done for me.

I share this simply to say that John’s seven reasons for loving one another are designed to do something similar in the life of a believer. When they are properly understood...

  • a believer will not resist the call to love; rather they will remember what has been done so that we can love in any and all situations.

  • a believer will not make excuses for not obeying the charge; rather they will rely on the Spirit who enables us to love.

#1 Love is from God