Giving What You have been given (I John 4-5)

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. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another, I John 4:10-11

It just would not be right to do it or would it? I mean, it goes against what we are taught. Even worse it is Christmas. How could we be expected to do it at Christmas? I confess, I was not taught to do this at Christmas. But I am coming to realize, I am called to do it, even at Christmas time.

I know, you are asking, what am I am writing about. Brothers and sisters, did you not read the focal text this morning? Take a peak back at I John 4:10-11. Did you see it? What is it that we are to give away?

We are to give away what has been given to us!!!

If you are a Christ-follower you should know what you have been given. In I John 4:10 the writer informs us that God has extended (given to us) his love. We see the evidence of this in Jesus coming.

In I John 4:16 the writer informs us of God’s intention for His love extended:

16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

God, in His love, extended His love to you in a way that leads to your understanding of who He is and what He did for you. When you came to know this you then believed(Romans 10:9-10). Once you believed this, you were called to give away what you have been given:

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.

The Lord intends for you and I to extend to others the love of God. Now here is an amazing fact: You cannot out-give God. The more you extend God’s love to others the more God’s love overflows in your own life. I believe with all my heart, America needs the love of God. I believe with all my heart that the entire globe needs the love of God. I want to challenge you with four weekend tasks that will help you to give away the love of Christ:

  • Ask God to give people into your day so that you can love them.
  • Lean into a deeper understanding of the love of God.
  • Resist the onslaught of hatred the world would inflict you with.
  • Love others as you have been loved.

These tasks accomplished will lead you to freely give what you have freely received.

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