1 John 4:13-21
God is Love
13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of
his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is
the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There
is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If
anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have
from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
As long as we remain in fellowship with the Father through faith, we love one another and
have no fear of Judgment Day. Whenever we do not treat our brother with love as Jesus has loved us, we fear God’s punishment. Because He sent His Son to take away our sins, we gain confidence to stand before God without fear.
I pray: Heavenly Father, I have not always loved my fellow Christians as I should. Forgive me and work Your love in me to cast out my fear of punishment. Amen.
Edward A. Engelbrecht, The Lutheran Study Bible (St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House, 2009), 2179.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2016), 1 Jn 4:13–21.