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Knowing God

And Loving Others

Brian shares from 1 John 4:8 about how loving others is inescapably tied with knowing the God of the Bible.

Does your anyone include everyone? Sometimes when we think about life, we think about what we’re going through and our anyone includes everyone but ourselves.

I want to look at scripture today and think about what John is saying to us about our anyone and first John Chapter 4 verse 7 it says this, “Beloved let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God because God is love.”

So think what John’s saying here. He says, “Anyone who does not love does not know God.” So sometimes in our life, we may have a friend or an uncle or a brother or sister, or somebody we are just struggling with, in the moment. And, we think, “Man, does my love have to extend to them?” The Bible is clear, “Anyone who does not love does not know God.” See, our knowledge of God and who he is and who we think he is, is so directly tied to our love for other people.

Let’s back up in the verse. It says, “Beloved, let us love one another.” See, in our relationships how we love one another is important because God is love. He cares about us, he cares about people and so thinking about what is my relationship with others. Is it a healthy relationship? Is it one filled with compassion and mercy and forgiveness. Our anyone has to be for everyone, including ourselves. Because why? Because God is love.

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