1 John 4:7-8 (NKJV) 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Knowing God through love, for God is love. Now this does not mean you ought to love false teachers, this is not what the Apostle John is saying. We as believers in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Second Person of the Trinity; we are to have nothing to do with false preachers and teachers. For people who preach and teach a false doctrine are children of the Devil. True children of God are not to have anything to do with the Devil. Rather we are to pray for lost sinners who will turn to Christ if they would turn their hearts towards God. That is how believers show their love for God. We are to love one another. Again, the type of love that the Apostle John is talking about is agape love. It is supernatural love that can only be expressed by God. It is only when Christ is dwelling within our hearts that we can be used by God to express agape love. When we submit ourselves to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit of God, He can enable us to extend God’s love to others. Therefore, everyone who can be used by God to express His love must be truly born again. And they must truly know God in a personal way. They have repented of their sins and turn over their lives to Christ. They have trusted in Jesus for their salvation. He is their Lord, and they love Him because His love for them kept Him on the Cross. Jesus died for our sins. And because of what Jesus did for us on the Cross, God the Father can now extend grace to all who will believe in His Son Jesus Christ. If then, you do not love God, then you do not know God. And you are not born again. And you are not saved. For to be saved, you must be born again. To be born again, you must know Christ. That is, you must accept Jesus the Son of God as your personal Lord and Savior. To know the Son is to know the Father. And to know God is to love God. My friend, God is love. And only born-again believers can reveal the God of love.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.