The Supreme Significance of Love




1 John 4:7-21

Of all the things John learned from Jesus during those years he walked alongside Him as one of the disciples, love was paramount. John’s gospel mentions love much more than those of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. When John recalled the Savior’s final words to His disciples in the upper room, he remembered how often Jesus both spoke of love and demonstrated it. The power of Jesus’s love transformed John’s life. We should not be surprised, then, that when the apostle came to the end of his life and wrote a letter to the church, his major theme was loving one another. He underscored it repeatedly. As we examine today’s section, we return to the same subject for the third time in this letter. (See also 1 John 2:7–10 and 3:11–18.)

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