Sermon on 1 John 4:7-21
This Resurrected Life that we have been looking at over the course of the past few weeks during the Easter Season can be a little messy. That is part and parcel to the working of God. You take something dead, that has been in a tomb and raise it, well it will stink, can be dirty. Coming out of the grave would do that. Being someone raised up to newness, this new life, so we have to muddle around for a while trying to get our bearings and that is where we are.
We saw that the Resurrected Life, one who has died and been raised in Jesus (that is a Christian), is one who is called into relationship. Called from darkness to light where we have koinonia with God. Fellowship like a marriage that makes us one. We saw that before we were orphans, but now we are called children by God. His children. Sons, because of his Son Jesus. We are also those called to live as Christ, which means we die. We, all of our desires and wants of things that take the place of Jesus, die so that we might live in him and love as he loves. Because we wanted to know what love is, and it is Jesus.
This morning, again, we have love as our theme. But in a different way. Last week it was laid out as the image of love. What it looks like. Now we are presented with love as where it is, how we can do it, and why.
1 John 4:7-8 – Beloved let us love one another. Why? Because love is from God.
1. The life of the Christian, this Resurrected Life is not a sit still faith, although that is part of it. It is an active training and working. Loving others comes through being drawn near to God. Communion with him breeds love for those he has loved.
2. This love we learn of is the kind of love Christie wanted for diving. Told she couldn’t, she did it with all her might. God does that same thing for us. He is unrelenting. I ask God “Why do you love me.” He says, “Because I can.” We get worked over by him to do the same for one another. Why should I love the unlovable? Because I can.
Never forget that I love first and foremost, ONLY because HE first loved me.