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Whoville: Who Ya’ Lovin? Part 2 – I John 4:7-21

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I John 4:7-21

What do you think that God think about you?  Today we need to understand God’s love and here is why this is so important:

  • We think that God thinks about us what we think about us.
  • We think God takes his cues from us.

This is our default to this mode – If I have a bad day, I feel guilty so that means God is mad at me.  We project upon him feelings and thoughts that we have about ourselves on God that may not be true.  We think if we are unlovable that God sees us the same way.  On the other hand, if we have a good day, We think God thinks we’re the bomb.

What if God operates on a different on a completely different scale?

Here is the simple truth:  God loves you. He couldn’t love you any more.  Nothing you do could make you loves him less. God doesn’t view you the way culture views you or the way you view you or others.

When you understand God’s love, then you start giving it away.

1. God’s love is Confident

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:17-19 (NIV)

God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love – not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. I John 4:9-10 (NIV)

2. God’s love is Challenging

Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. 1 John 4:20-21 (NIV)