It was unalloyed bliss. (C. H. This is because He has made us as He is in this world, transforming us in Christ that we may be His witnesses by living to reveal Him in this world. This is another way to love because he first loved us. Upon the glorious spring whereat we drink. He loves, because He loves. Where the love of the Almighty has been excited, it will become a ruling principle, and manifest itself in every department of conduct. The chamber, the furniture, the clothing, everything prepared by a father’s affection or a mother’s love, indicate to the child that affection. Another truth evident in this is that, "Our love (whether of God or man) is a plain duty to us, since God first loved us. He loves Christ because he feels Christ deserves to be loved. It is a principle exactly suited to our mental constitution. Courage is love--daring. We want to provide easy to read articles that answer your questions about the meaning, origin, and history of specific verses within Scripture's context. Love Divine has the same law of origin and of development as love human. 1. This article is part of our larger resource library of popular Bible verse phrases and quotes. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” This verse summarizes 3:24-4:16 — intimate fellowship with God is impossible without love for fellow Christians. You may not be able to rise into those heights into which others have ascended because you are as yet only a babe in grace; but you are safe enough if your love be of this simple character, that it loves because it is loved. v., p. 5. The denial of its freedom is only a parody of the truth that it must be developed by external law. By the way, enemies can have different lifestyle choices, different doctrinal beliefs, or different political affiliations. 1832. How shall you make man know that God loves him? The same is the case with our minds. They saw as much as they were capable of seeing; they understood as much as they had capacities for understanding. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. We love him, because he first loved us — This is the sum of all religion, the genuine model of Christianity. Christians cherish great affection for Christ because of His greater affection for them. I know you don’t want to think of them as your neighbor, but they are. Have I talked today too generally of the priority of God? Life cannot spring into existence, it must be communicated. Of all revelations that is the most Christian that you ever listened to. I will not say that they do not sometimes give cause to doubt their love. heart I made; a heart beats here. True, godly love is the most powerful evidence of being ''born again'' as a child of God. ], But still, the main lesson which her lady-pupils carried away from Walsall was not how to dress wounds or how to bandage, or even how to manage a hospital on the most popular as well as the most economical method, but rather the mighty results which the motive-power of love towards God, and, for His sake, towards mankind, might enable one single woman to effect. ), Twelve Cambridge Sermons, 117. d) That God’s love was made fully known in sending His only unique Son into the world that we might live through Him (1 John 4:9). If we love, He loved first. They give it majesty; it gives them tenderness. 5. 13:4-7. All his relations had fled, and a neighbour alone was with him, doing what she could for him. That the life thus radiated evokes responsive action. True love is ennobling in its influence. ], The Holy Spirit cries in us with a loud voice and without words, “Love the love which loves you everlastingly.” His crying is an inward contact with our spirit. All love in the heart is a creation; and whom God loves, in them He creates love to Him. My life itself is the manifestation of His love. Why, how all kinds of people followed Jesus! "Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges". Looking to it we can say, with a great modern teacher:--. I wish we could use, and really mean, the word Maison-Dieu.”1 [Note: M. Lonsdale, Sister Dora, 102. Why, how the children loved Jesus! III. It is much learning that doth make us mad. The Biblical Illustrator. To keep himself in the love of God is a habit, with the maintenance of which the will of man has most essentially to do, because it is at his will that he keeps himself in the thought of God’s love towards him. I. It is no accident that there are but foregleams of this great thought brightening the words and the thoughts of psalmist and prophet, saint and sage, from the beginning onwards, while the articulate utterance of the simple sentence was first heard from the lips of Him who declared the Father, and stands in that part of the Book which, both in its position there, and in its date of composition is the last of the Apostolic utterances. The statement is general, relating to the entire operation of the principle of love. He is wisest and most loyal to his Master who bears the burden laid upon his back and moves on in spite of it as best he can. If we turn, then, to the Divine share in the development of our faculties, we shall see that what we call our action may be better described as God’s attraction, and that we advance in exact proportion as we let ourselves be led by Him. And so on through all the list of Christian virtues. The question, however, is: how do we transition from being receivers of love to being givers of love? God pitied those human creatures who were so heartlessly betrayed and ruined by the sadistic moral rape of their innocence in Eden; and pity is never very far from love. "Commentary on 1 John 4:19". 481 (Grimley), 483 Moore; 18th Sunday after Trinity, xxxviii. You cry bogey very often and at last the child will laugh, and it is not well for us ministers of the Word to be always trying to frighten you with views of hell, at which I know quite well you are only inclined to smile. Because God will second your efforts. The paralysis of pride does not creep over him. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". It is because we have had some glimpse of the dreadfulness of getting out of harmony with Him. 1599-1645. him — omitted in the oldest manuscripts. It is not their slave, but their child. But, again, there are certain doings of the mind over which the will has a control, and by which the affection of gratitude may either be brought into being or be sustained in lively and persevering exercise. If we were holy, the Holy One would love us. "Commentary on 1 John 4:19". vi. Here was their first cause and prime origin; and, as if they recognised the obligation, they pay tribute in return to the parent source. “The scene,” he wrote back to England, “was sublime, Godlike. We love him, because he first loved us. As the spray does not rise by any forced effort of its own, so the believer, who stands under the Niagara of God’s love poured out through Christ, will not have to make an effort to love God; his love will ascend without effort. Love is an exotic; it is not a plant that will flourish naturally in human soil. I think that it was at this time of his life that he used to go down every night of the week to the Grassmarket and convoy a man home past the public-houses.2 [Note: G. A. Smith, The Life of Henry Drummond, 114. If He, the Lord and Master, washed our feet, we also ought to wash one another’s feet. ), the assurance that God loves you with electing love cannot be the ground of your love for him. III. Again, if you see a man that is pleasant and kind to everybody, men like that man. Not only does God let us love Him, but He will let us help Him, give Him something; give, too, not a little, but the best we have, all made better by the giving; more, too, give not only what we have, but what we are, ‘ourselves, our souls and bodies, a reasonable, holy, and lively sacrifice,’ and so make God happier. I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. We are afraid. And that long tutelage and care which the child receives fixes on its heart this sentiment of love. But it will not fail; he will come back.” He then prayed that his friend might be hindered from coming back until he himself had died in his place, that so Damon might be spared to his family and to his people. Artificial flowers are very like real ones; gilt is very like gold; and paste is made to look like gems. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on 1 John 4:19". 1 John 4:19. IV. But let us look at some of the manifestations that God has given of Himself to develop this emotion of love in our hearts. Did He want a soldier, I would enlist in His army; did He need that some one should die, I would give my body to be burned if He stood by to see the sacrifice and cheer me in the flames.” Ah! True love has pleasure in fellowship with its object. Mayor (J. E. " It should be considered by all that the very fact of God's loving sinful and fallen humanity provides a powerful incentive for all perceptive souls to do likewise. Repentance is love--grieving. III. We must not so conceive of the love of God, as to darken the radiance of His righteousness, or to obscure the brilliancy of that pure light which tolerates no admixture of darkness. When was ever love begotten so? xxii., No. They are made to serve, and their range of thought is exceedingly small. To make sure the basic and sometimes not-so-basic needs of life are met. We love Him because His love is unchangeable. The love of all who love God is a consequence of God's love to them. 1 John 4:19 "We love him, because he first loved us." Our knowing it is only the opening of our intelligence to receive what is and always has been a part of His being who is the universal truth. One great purpose of the cross was that of persuading people to receive the salvation God was so willing to give. Galatians reminds us that one of the fruit or characteristics of the Holy Spirit is love. He loves them, and therefore let us hope for the worst of men. You cannot love God, unless you believe that He loves you. These are but the fringes of the glory: I was going to venture to say that the divinest thing in God is love. I. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/1-john-4.html. Voysey (C.), Sermons (1876), No. ὅτι αὐτὸς πρῶτος. The love of God is needful to inspire us to noble deeds. “We love Him.” Children of God, if Christ were here on earth, what would you do for Him? “Do for Him!” says one; “do for Him!” “Did He hunger, I would give Him meat though it were my last crust. The Old Vulgate here is trebly wrong: nos ergo diligamus invicem, the New has Deum; Augustine omits both,—Nos diligamus. But for that the sun might shine for ever, and produce no more vital effect on the plant than he does on a stone. This means God has given you the capacity and the way to love just as he first loved us. 1 John 4:19. It is shown in--. Renewal 1960. Our intellect grows with nourishment, but the nourishment must be given from without. She died in hope and faith.3 [Note: J. W. Burgon, Lives of Twelve Good Men, i. It is a question which indeed we must answer. We, as Christians, speak often of worship, and constantly turn to John 4:24 to demonstrate the need for us to worship God in spirit and in truth. The indispensable necessity of love to God in the heart. In its contact with our spirit it cries without interruption, “Pay your debt; love the love which has loved you from all eternity.” Hence there arises a great inward impatience and also an unlimited resignation. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. It is a necessity: the love of God has shone there, and it must reflect itself. He has been content, perhaps, to be no better than the most easy-going, the least particular of his set; and then he finds out that a pure, true heart—his mother’s, it may be, or his wife’s, or his child’s, or his friend’s—is pouring out on him its wealth of love and trust, thinking him good, expecting great things of him, ready to wait or toil or suffer for his sake: some special occasion, it may be, or some side-light lets him see how deeply and generously he is cared for; and he begins to say to himself that it’s rather a shame to go on as he does. We are surrounded, enwrapped in God’s love. All rights reserved. A few weeks after the flask was opened; there was life inside it. That in the nature of the plant there must be a certain affinity with the sun and his rays. The person most confident of God’s love should search and try his ways, to see whether he be requiting God aright, and walking worthy of his profession: and the person who is most doubtful of God’s love should be careful not to write bitter things against himself, as though he were an outcast from God: for, if his attainments may justify a fear, his desires most assuredly justify a hope. And Paul, the Apostle of faith, who sometimes seems as if his only conception of the link of union between God and man was, on the part of man, faith, responds when he speaks of a faith which worketh, comes to energetic operation, through the love which it has kindled. Love Thinking of Others before Yourself. That which brought it forth becomes its food. I try to be true and just to all, and I feel peculiar tenderness for those to whom God has more closely bound me. Since God loved us once [aorist tense] at the cross, we can go on loving Christians (present tense). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/1-john-4.html. Here we have the ultimate word as to our religion. "Commentary on 1 John 4:19". People do not wake up one day and decide to love (Romans 3:10). He can have no doubt upon the great truth that “the will of God is his salvation.” He has only to acquiesce in an arrangement that has been made already by unerring wisdom and infinite love. So, too, our power of loving is drawn into activity from without. Have you found that peace which passeth all understanding, and have you the desire to be in a place where no one says, ‘I am afraid of Him,’ but where all joyfully acknowledge and unite in uttering with one voice the words of the blessed Apostle, ‘We love Him, because he first loved us’? There is a misunderstanding I must address before I share with you some ways to love. Might we not as well try to love illimitable space or embrace the elastic and viewless air? Take it to the Cross and bid it look and see afresh the bleeding Lamb; and surely this shall make thy love spring from a dwarf into a giant, and this shall fan it from a spark into a flame. 1 John 4:19. God does love all men. Man’s life expands when God’s love possesses it. B. Atlay, Bishop Ernest Wilberforce, 234. God’s love and man’s response—that is the meaning of our life as Christians. We’re commanded to love...and the reason is because he first loved us. You went to Christ as a sinner at first, and your first act was to believe the love of God to you when there was nothing in you that: evidenced it. We may say of the full-orbed moon that she shines in soft beauty because she reflects the glory of the far-absent sun. The true, the original ground of love to God, is the “excellence of His own character,” apart from the question whether we are to be benefited or not. Observe carefully the kind of love which is essential to every Christian--“We love Him because He first loved us,” Much has been said about disinterested love to God; there may be such a thing, and it may be very admirable, but it is not mentioned here. We first believe the love of God to us before we love God in return. I want to ask you a question. The very act of creation. The majority of the human race either ignore or oppose Christ. He was the first to love us: this thought ought to create in us love casting out fear (1 John 4:18). The law of love begetting love will obtain in eternity. Love is often equated with blanket acceptance. And sure I am that the history of non-Christian attempts to promote the brotherhood of man, and to diffuse a wide and operative love of mankind, teaches us, on the one side, that the emotion is not strong enough to last, and to work, unless it is based on God’s love in Jesus Christ. II. II. Why, it feeds on love. ), John and his Friends, 152. I listen in the silence, and He, as it were, addresses me, “I have loved thee with an everlasting love,” and as I look I reply in wonder, “He loved me, and gave himself for me!” And this love becomes a double bond, uniting with his Lord and Master the Christian’s heart and life. Sacred Dove of love, stretch thy wings and play the eagle now. "Such love flows from the nature of the lover, and not from the worthiness of the one loved. 2. Now there is the other side. The same grace that provided it applies it. Confession of faith and love for one’s brothers and sisters … Continue reading "Commentary on 1 John 4:7-21" 979. and as you have invited me by your example, form me by your precept to participate worthily of a friendship so Divine.”’. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. Dilexit nos ” practical conclusion follows far-absent sun draw us to noble.. 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