November 24, 2020
1 John 4:7-8 (KJV) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
“He that loveth not knoweth not God…”
Have you ever given much consideration to this powerful statement recorded in the second half of verse eight? This truth shines a light on how God defines true love for us in His Word, which is far different than the corrupt explanation available in this world. Please take note that pure love is not as simple as the definition of love spoon-fed to lost hearts in this world.
Yes, this elegant statement clarifies genuine love, as is defined by God. Sincere love towards another is erected solely upon the character and fruit of God and far removed from the pseudo-love at work in this wicked world. God empowers every regenerated soul to love others as He loves. This feat is not possible without the presence of God at work in the heart of the matter. Only spiritually regenerated souls can love others as God loves.
This spiritual truth contrasts the genuine love of God with the hate of the god of this world, which exists at the opposite end of the spiritual spectrum. You see, a soul either aligns with God and loves others as He does, or they align with the god of this world, spewing hatred rather than compassion and lasting love.
Each regenerated soul who knows God also naturally knows and offers towards others, a sincere and gracious love. The presence of hate marks a soul as belonging to the corrupt god of this world, in contrast, who naturally hates rather than sincerely loves other souls.
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