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No One Like Him - God is Love

Sun, Jun 28, 2020
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we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. - 1 John 4:16-21 (ESV) If there is one attribute of God that people know and generally are comfortable with it is that God is Love. When most people conceive of a god, they make him as a benevolent deity. It is one of the three things that scripture directly and specifically says that God is. (Spirit (Jn 4:24) & Light (1 Jn 1:5) are the other two). That should make this week easy, warm, and non-controversial. Right? Well, not exactly. The problem we encounter is just like other attributes we want to make God like us. We want to think of His love in very human terms or we want to make His love the overarching, predominate attribute. Most of us conceive of God's love as first and primarily directed toward us. When we do we will shrink Him and His love into a creature-sized package. This week we continue in our series - No One Like You - to talk about God's Love. What we find in the scripture is surpising and encompassing. It will confront (and empower) us. I want to encourage you to take some time to read through 1 John 4 and consider God's Love.
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