Love appears as a mystic angel with hands outstretched and mighty wings lifted upwards, and a waving robe blown across his body by a strong wind, and clouds of glory round about him, mounting into the empyrean.1 [Note: H. Macmillan, G. F. Watts, 258. "(1) Submit, without murmuring, to the various dispensations of His providence. Students of Nature, not a few, have called our attention to the truth that God sends not only the grateful warmth of the sun, but also the parching heat; not only the cooling shower, but also the tempest. Many years ago at the Tournament of Roses parade the Standard Oil Company, now known as Chevron, had a beautiful float. (2) It may be said that affections are painful, and consequently cannot belong to God, who is perfectly happy. Have an example such as, I might bring my running shoes as I’m an avid runner and a plant as I am not a gardner. The Cross shall be forever the symbol of love's perfect triumph. O Blessed well of love, O flower of Grace. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. There is a story of a lad who was devoted to his father, and who stole some money from his employer's till. This spirit, soaring through a gorgeous sky. God's love to Jesus was more seen in giving Him that cup to drink, that so He might be the Saviour of men, than it would have been in snatching Him from the brink of death into heaven, His work all unfinished. Sermon Jan. 1, 2017 1 John 3:11-18 “Would You Lay Down Your Life for the Person in Another Pew?” » Sermon Dec. 25, 2016 1 John 1:1-4, 3:4-8 “Why Christmas Had to Happen” 26 Dec 2016 | Sermons. A. '93Of course!'94 you say. We may observe here that there is a plain distinction between such a mutability as does, and such a mutability as does not, imply imperfection. Love is the very constitution and law of God's Being. That was a thousand strokes in one laceration, and I, brother in grief, fellow-mason in tears, I say, God-is-love.1 [Note: J. Parker, The City Temple Pulpit, iii. But look into old creeds, look into modern philosophy, where God is Force without heart, and Law without pity. The sole hope of retaining God is in the absoluteness and the universality of the Divine love. 2. This brief sentence imparted to John, even during the mere time which he took in writing it, more delight than the whole world can impart. 58 (trans. Robb Mc Coy and Eric Fistler, 2015. He '93overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.'94 And by the kiss or the rod; by caress or correction; by '93gentle gales from the wings of angels that fan His Mercy-seat,'94 or by hot blasts from the burning marl of hell; by the blood of Christ, and pleading love, or by fire and brimstone of punitive love, God seeks to overthrow all evil in all men and beings, and will not rest until the Holy Spirit shall say of the New Creation, '93It is finished'94: for '93God is love.'94, 1. He brought me songs, he brought me flowers; And loud he carolled: '93Love is King!'94, And whispered, '93God is love,'94'97, When I grew old.2 [Note: Francis H. Scripture: 1 John 4:7–11. Dec 16, 2007. Everywhere. Substance, and accident'97their properties. God's love is like His sunlight, diffused throughout the heaven, catching the heights of the hills and crowning them with ruddy gold and clothing them in purple. It is no answer to say that the capacity to love was in God before by creation He found an object for His love. Summary and Analysis of 1 John 4:7-21 . I often saw in Upper Egypt an ancient temple pulled to pieces to build a village of hovels. And the sleepers, sleeping in death's dark night, In Watts' picture entitled '93Love Triumphant,'94 Time and Death have companioned together throughout the ages; and they are at length overthrown and lie prostrate at the feet of Love. John has a winning way of urging duty, addressing his readers as objec. The friend dies for the foe, the pure for the impure, the Creator for the creature. You do not say that dawn makes the sun? This knowledge of Christ's character is the primary source of John's knowledge of God. Mar 12, 1995. Therefore God has set His heart upon him, and visited him every day. John Piper Mar 12, 1995 95 Shares Sermon . This subject suggests matter of great consolation to those who are interested in the Divine favour. Bible Verse; Newest; Oldest; Most Viewed; Most Shared; Sermon. 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. He has no need of the creature, and the exercise of His love did not begin with the creature whom He could love, but it flows and springs eternally in the Love-life of the Triune God. KJ21. You are not so fortunate this morning! They often become so absorbed in nature that they have no wish to look beyond it. This is God. It is significant that we have these words not from Jesus but from John. "God is love. ], Young Scott, the son of Dr. Scott of Greenock, is with us. Where? John Piper Oct 5, 2008 176 Shares Sermon. 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. In Him Was Life. Read verse in King James Version Feb 17, 2008. 1 John 4:8-10 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. What does 1 John 4:8 mean? They exist merely for the sake of a greater thing than themselves. It includes the body. 1. The Greatest of These Is Love: An Introduction to the Series. 3. The duty enjoined. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. "Love is His innermost nature. The phrase "know God" uses the Greek root word ginosko. 1 JOHN 4:7: THE BOND OF BROTHERHOOD, 543. How unbounded, in this respect again, how great, how disinterested appears the love of God! There is nothing in the nature of God which any of His creatures can imitate, except His benevolent feelings. Carter (T. T.), The Spirit of Watchfulness, 206, 218. Cooper (T. Like some here, I grew up in a rather simpler world … He said, '93He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.'94 John looked at Him, leaned on His breast, stood beside His cross, gazed into His empty tomb, listened to His words when He had … Wheeler (W. C.), Sermons and Addresses, 125. John Piper Dec 3, 1989 102 Shares Sermon. December 11, 2020 bw Leave a comment Tell the children at the beginning of worship to go and find an object or a picture that gives a clue about who they are and one example of who they are not. New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE) Feb 17, 1985. The words "God is love" mean that love is an essential attribute of God. 1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. One glimpse is all my utmost skill supplies. He is a highly gifted man. Williams.]. Always. 1 John 4:7 tells us that love is from God. You have been sore tried; hut God set so much store upon the design He is cutting into you, that He may set you in the fire even yet. The eternal true and living God, the Creator of heaven and earth, the God who transcends time and space. Who says so? Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. To say that we live in a universe is to unify our conception of the underlying thought of creation, and more careful students of history and of science have a better word to say than that the world is a strife and a tangle. On what authority? Profoundly philosophical, therefore, is the statement that "He that loveth not, knoweth not God.". '93Why do you do that, my lad?'94 said the Saint. God may loose the tongue so that it may shout and sing to the praise of eternal Love, but the intellect remains powerless. God loves the good, the true, the pure, but His love rises higher that it may come down lower; and He loves me'97me. Scripture: 1 John 2:3–6. ], The manifestation of unselfish affection, or even the expression of it, is a token of a higher nature in man and a presage of immortality. The story is told of a congregation who had just called a new minister. Some mother quails have lost their lives in that way, no doubt, but they have saved the nest. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. Retail: $39.99. J. Read verse in New International Version Jesus did not say in so many words, '93God is love.'94 He taught by the inductive method. Children’s Sermon Advent 3 year B: John 1: 6-8, 19-28. What has made the quail a persistent type? I can wrap this love of His about me and claim it all as my own.2 [Note: M. G. Pearse, Short Talks for the Times, 15. As well expect the fly that crawls on the dome of this majestic cathedral to interpret the purposes and methods, the disposition and attributes of the architect. But some day you go into a hospital'97you see long ward after ward filled with sick folk'97with pale cheeks, lustreless eyes, sad, anxious faces, young and old, men and women. If I were asked what has most contributed to human progress and human happiness, even as philosophers measure those terms; what it is, more than any other element of knowledge, that has set free the intellect; more than any other principle of conduct, has instructed the conscience; more than any other object of desire, has elevated the affections; I should say unhesitatingly that it is the unveiling of the face of our Father which is in heaven; the revelation, all the more pregnant and influencing from the way in which it was made, that '93God is love.'941 [Note: J. Fraser, University Sermons, 288.]. God's love is the key to the mystery of pain and sorrow.'97This epigrammatic sentence fits all graves, it fits all cemeteries; it is the word that is written on the portals of the churchyard, '93God is love.'94 I have seen a strong man reel over his son's grave as if he would plunge himself into it, for there was nothing worth living for after that one boy had gone. The man listened and accepted Christ, and went away that night a saved Man_1:1 [Note: R. A. Eternal Life Has Appeared in Christ. It is equally deep everywhere'97Calvary deep wherever you try it. I have seen a band of roving gypsies tear down the exquisitely carved panels of an old palace to light a fire to boil their kettle with. The frosts of winter work for the harvest. As far as God's love is concerned, the Cross might be placed in Genesis as well as in John, in Leviticus as well as in Luke. The light is dim, and as you pass you see they are carrying one poor patient out of the common ward, and you know they are carrying him where he may die alone, without disturbing the others; and then, when you go out into the open air, and the light and shine of the sun, and feel the spring of health in your limbs, the simple thought that you are well thrills you! Mr. Moody's quick eye caught sight of him, and at the close of the service he hurried to him and sat down beside him. Did you ever start a quail from her nest, and follow her as she flew low and with only one wing, almost within your reach? By His coming the Body of CHRIST was formed and believe… 1. He not simply has love or exercises love. Faith: Unique and Fruitful Effect of the New Birth. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. As they were in the glow of the great, glad sun. II. If some are lost, it is because they will become so estranged from good, so loveless, that God's love no longer affects them; but it will still be theirs, and will follow them even down to doom. And so here. Your intellectual life; you read, you think; but you read and think that you may have fuel for the fire. Amen. May 12, 1985. ← Lectionary Sermon December 6 2020 (2B) on Mark 1, 1-8, Isaiah 40 1-11. With respect to THAT BEING WHOM WE CALL GOD, infinite as He is in all His perfections, our limited understandings can comprehend only a very small portion of His excellence. Love cannot let us die. When? Cling to His cross; and let thy ceaseless prayer. He simply disclosed it to the world. The blended tribute of ten thousand flowers, To me, a frequent wanderer 'mid the trees. We may reject it or receive it: God must give it. And God uses your whole soul, your whole nature, to supply fuel for that fire. Sermon Dec. 25, 2016 1 John 1:1-4, 3:4-8 “Why Christmas Had to Happen” « Sermon Dec. 24, 2016 Isaiah 9:1-7 The Triumph of God’s Glory and Grace in the Giving of His Son. God is not love. John Piper Feb 24, 1985 29 Shares Article. Oct 5, 2008. 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