1 John 4:10-11 (NKJV) In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
The Apostle John restates what he said earlier in 1 John 2:2 (NKJV). There he said, “And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.” Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the propitiation for our sins. Meaning, that Jesus is the mercy seat for our sins. Jesus is Himself the mercy seat because He shed His blood for us on the Cross. Jesus “who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:25 NKJV) is our mercy seat. Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins so that we can come with boldness to God’s throne of grace. That is what our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ did for us, and that is the way God demonstrated His love for us. God gave His only begotten Son to die on the Cross for us to pay the penalty for our sins so that He can now save us by His grace. We are saved by grace alone in Christ alone by faith alone. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the mercy seat, and that is where God reveals His love for us. And here is the marvelous thing about God’s love, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8 NKJV). God has provided us a way for salvation, and His name is Jesus Christ His Son. Jesus made this perfectly clear when He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6 NKJV). Jesus Christ is our mercy seat, and this is where God will meet us. And it is the only place where God will meet us. God is reconciled to the world, but we must come to Him through His Son Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16 NKJV). My friends, God has demonstrated His love for us; and this is the type of love that we ought to have for one another. And we can only express this type of love when we are abiding in Christ and Christ is abiding in us. Because this type of love is the fruit of the Holy Spirit. And for the Holy Spirit to produce the fruit of the Spirit which is love within us, we need Christ in us. So, how about it my friends, can you have a dislike, a hatred for your brother or sister in Christ and still say your abiding in Christ and Christ is abiding in you? You are fooling yourself if you answer is yes. If you cannot demonstrate agape love for other believers, then there is a serious question about whether you are a true child of God or not. My friends, do you love God? The real test is, do you love other believers?
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.