Perfected Love

Text:         I John 4
Theme:       Perfected Love has its benefits
Purpose:     Examine and emulate God’s love

4.10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

It reminds me of an old song, “Oh how I love Jesus, because he first loved me.” Frederick Whitfield in 1855 wrote, “There is a Name I love to hear, I love to sing its worth; It sounds like music in my ear, The sweetest Name on earth. Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus, Oh, how I love Jesus, Because He first loved me!” Propitiation, now that’s a big word. This is the saving work of Jesus. It is the idea of atonement tied up with the Old Testament concept of substitution and sacrifice. Jesus makes the sacrifice for us, He atones for our sins

4.17 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.

Perfect, Telios, completed, finished, perfected. Love is completed in us because of Jesus. Perfected Love Produces Confidence. How many of us know that when we realize we are loved, not for what we do, but who we are, we have confidence. Confidence can take us a long way. Love perfected in us breeds confidence to hang in there, to keep standing, and that perfected love casts out fear.

4.18 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.

There is a lot of fear out there. We all experience various fears. Some fears threaten to take of our minds, steal our peace, and take us from God’s plans. You cannot love and fear at the same time. John takes us to the greatest fear of all. Be reminded that if you have received perfected love, you are of God little children and have overcome the world. Just because he loved me so, I can love others. Just because He loved me so, I have confidence. Just because He loved me so, I can overcome fear for perfected love casts out fear. One of my favorite children’s chapel songs growing up as a Pastor’s Kid in search of identity and self-esteem was a song written by Harold Loes in the 1930’s:

Just because He loved me so, Just because he loved me so

I’m happy on the way With Jesus every day

Just because He loved me so.

He died on Calvary, From sin to set me free,

Just because He loved me so.

He’s done so much for me I cannot silent be

Just because he loved me so.

Christ arose and now he lives, Peace and joy to me he gives

Just because he loved me so.

Now that’s love perfected in us!

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