The Love of God
Passage: 1 John 4:7–4:12
The Love of God
Pastor David Lovi
1 John 4:7–4:12
Happy Father’s Day!
I’m thankful for my father and my Father in heaven. Today we’re going to be talking about the love of the Father. The dictionary defines love as an intense affection for another person based on familial or personal ties.
Notice a key phrase in the dictionary’s definition—it is based on—this implies that we love conditionally. In other words, we love somebody because they fulfill a certain condition we require before we can love them:
- I love you because you take care of me.
- I love you because you are fun.
- I love you because you are beautiful.
- I love you because you can give me something.
Isn’t that typically how human love works? At least love in the flesh works that way. Our love is not only conditional but it’s also like thermometer based on feelings and emotions that can change like the wind. That’s why there’s such a high divorce rate in this country now. Because when love is just based on feelings or conditions, those things can change. And then once a person falls out of love just as quickly as they fall into love, they say, “I guess I need to find somebody else to fall in love with.”
Most times human love it like that shifting sands of the sea. It appears and disappears just as quickly.
Today we’re going to learn about a transcendent love. Gods love. An unconditional love. God’s love transcends the human definition of love to a point where it’s really hard for us to comprehend or grasp.
This is love. Not that we loved God but that He loved us and sent His Son as the propitiation for our sins.
In many ways 1 John 4:7–4:12 is the heart of the Bible. This passage—I’m actually scared to preach it. Especially a passage like this because I could preach just on it for days and weeks and years for my whole life.
Let’s pray that the Lord would open our hearts to hear the truth about how much He loves us.