1 John 4:11 So How Do We Love?

1 John 4:11 (KJV)
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

The obvious responsibility of the believer is to love.

  • We are to love God
  • We are to love our neighbor and
  • We are to love our brother in the Lord

But some people make it very difficult to love them. 

  • Their actions, 
  • Their attitudes, 
  • Their answers to life issues 

can often repulse the believer whose sensibilities have been shaped by the teaching of God’s Word. 

So how do we love?

  • Through the Holy Spirit[1]and
  • Through reflection and worship of God. 

Consider that God loved us. No one but God knows better than we do that we do not deserve His love. 

  • We did not deserve it for salvation. 
  • We did not deserve it for His fellowship. 
  • We did not deserve it for His promise of heaven. 

Further we do not deserve in from day to day. But God did love us. And because He loved us, we can be assured He loves others. 

And if He loves others, then so ought we. 


[1]Romans 5:5 (KJV)

And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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