1 John Devotional – Day Four

From the City Church Sermon Series - Love Displayed - Week 3 - Love for All


1 John 4:10-12

10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

God loved first

Many times we forget that our love does not originate with us. We reach a certain stage in our lives, and our busyness and distractions make our love for God and even our love for those around us an afterthought. For this reason, we need to be constantly reminded of what God did for us.

God in His love for us, did not spare anything to create a way in which we could have a relationship with us. Jesus stated that the only way to the Father was through Him (John 14:6). The reason Jesus was the only way to God, was because Jesus would sacrifice His sinless life for us to have to access God. This sacrifice is what John is referring to when he writes that the “Son was an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” If it wasn’t for Jesus, and the covering that His blood provides, we would not have access to God today. God loved us first and gave of Himself for us so that we may have the opportunity to live forever in His presence.

“For God so loved the world that he gave
his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him
shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16

One of the reasons, we sometimes struggle with loving others is because we forget what the origin of love is. Love originates in God. For us to love one another and for us to love our neighbor, we must remain connected to God. The strength of our connection with God will determine the strength of the love we have for others. If we do not know how to love others, it is because we do not truly know God (1 John 4:8).

The strength of our connection with God will determine the strength of the love we have for others.

Do you sometimes have difficulty loving others? Could it be because your relationship with God needs to be strengthened? Spend time today seeking God in everything you do. When we seek God, we will find Him.


Father, thank you for your love for me. I ask that the overflow of your love in my life would pour out unto others as I interact with them. Let your love and compassion be evident in my life. In Jesus name, amen.

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