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1 John 4:7-21 Devotional – Day 3

By November 15, 2023Daily Devotional

Hearing God’s Voice from His Word


James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”
Take a moment and turn your attention to God. Tell God that you desire to trust and obey Him. Ask God to speak to you from His word.

Psalm of the Day

Psalm 135:1-5 Praise the Lord. Praise the name of the Lord; praise him, you servants of the Lord, you who minister in the house of the Lord, in the courts of the house of our God. Praise the Lord, for the Lord is good; sing praise to his name, for that is pleasant. For the Lord has chosen Jacob to be his own, Israel to be his treasured possession.
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Praise the Lord – It is a command and not a suggestion. God knows it is good for us to praise Him. Praise Him with words. Praise Him with singing. He is good. He chose Israel to carry out His plan and to reveal His character. How have you experienced God’s goodness? Praise Him for the ways that you have experienced His goodness.

SCRIPTURE READING:
1 John 4:7-21 – New Living Translation
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.

13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. 14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. 17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

18 Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. 19 We love each other because he loved us first.

20 If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? 21 And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Having God’s Ear through Prayer


  • Express thanksgiving to God.
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal sin to you.
  • Confess your sin to Him and receive forgiveness.
    (1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins.”)
  • Bring your personal requests to God.
    (Psalm 62:8 “Pour out your heart before God”)
  • Pray for someone in your small group.
  • Join with others from River and pray for those who do not know God. Ask God to help you see the lost people around you and have compassion for them. Ask God for opportunities to build trust. Ask God to give you opportunity to have gospel conversations.

Living as God’s People by applying the Bible


Scripture Reflection from the Sermon

God is love. For God so loved that he gave his one and only son. God demonstrates his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. This is how we know what love is, Jesus Christ laid down his life for others.

The world defines love in a variety of ways, and most of them are, at best, inadequate. Very often people will define love as “accepting me as I am.” This is partly true and also partly false. I personally don’t want my wife or my close friends to “accept me as I am” if that means being okay with all the ways I am still not like Jesus. I don’t want them to beat me up for my failures; I can do that all by myself. I do want them to love me enough to want more of the love of Christ for me than I am presently manifesting. It is incumbent on me to be fully honest with where I am so my friends can encourage and challenge me toward where I need to be. It is also on me to make it easy and not hard for my friends and wife to speak loving truth to me when I need to hear it. I should not treat their loving challenge as anything other than the gift of love that it is. In fact, I should honestly and diligently seek help with my weaknesses from the people whom I love and trust.