1 John 4: Do You Love God?
Verse of the Day: (V19) “We love him, because he first loved us.”
1. False (V1-2)
V1 “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”
To really know the true currencies from the false, we must study the characteristics of the true currency as well as handle it daily so that when the false ones come, we immediately can discern and detect that they are counterfeits. This especially applies to the discernment of God’s preachers. To discern the false preachers, we must truly know and daily apply God’s Word in our lives, so that when false ones come, we immediately know that they are false. One of the most common false teachings is when they deny Jesus as the very man of man, and the very God of God, though He truly is God’s Son.
V2 “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:”
2. Flesh (V3-6)
V3 “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
Besides denying that Jesus is not come in the flesh, many of the false preachers either add to or subtract from God’s Word and thus leading many souls to eternal condemnation. Let us pray that God’s true preachers and Christians shall share the gospel of Jesus Christ that He died on the cross and shed His blood for the sins of the whole world and whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life with Him in glorious heaven.
V6 “We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.”
3. Fear (V7-21)
V8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
We love God because He is love and He first loves us, and we shall also love all including our enemies who hurt and harm us. Indeed, God’s perfect love cast out all fears, and let us stay in His perfect love, and we shall fear nothing not even death, and no one not even the Devil, and shall always enjoy this life on earth as well as life everlasting!
V18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that I love You because You first love me as You are love.