1 John 4.7-12. Love, actually

Love. Our most powerful four letter word. The poet W. H Auden introduced this ‘timid similarity’ in his famous poem about our love: ‘Law like love I say. Like law we often weep, like law we seldom keep.’ So can run our love. John tells the churches that reality at its heart is love – which would concern us if this love is a mirror of ours. So, what is this love John writes about? John tells us it is a sacrifice of atonement that destroys punishment and fulfills the law. Our lover died in our place. Love is something that goes deeper than death to heal us. Our closest friend made himself vulnerable even to death so that we could live forever. Our task is to recognise and imitate, not to misuse, what God means by love. In doing so, we become part of the evidence of God in this world. [Audio | Notes]

Michael Flynn


1 John 4.7-12

For further thought

1 John 4:7-12

Q: What do you mean by the word love? How do you know that is what love means to you?

Q: From these verses; what does God mean by love? How does it compare to what you feel love is?

Q:. In verses 11-12 why is what God means by love, the ultimate apologetic for Christianity?

Q:. Why is Christ our model to imitate in love?