LOVE: It's Who I AM
by Pastor Derrick Jackson on January 15th, 2015

1 John 4 : 17 – 19  NKJV    
The Consummation of Love
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.19 We love Him (fn) because He first loved us.
 
1 John 4 : 17 – 19  NLT
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 (fn) because he loved us first.
 
Our Heavenly Father wants us to KNOW HIM.

He wants us – His Children – to know that He is PERFECT.
He wants us – His Children – to know that He is MESSIAH.
He wants us – His Children – to know that He is LIGHT.
He wants us – His Children – to know that He is TRUTH.
He wants us – His Children – to know that He is CREATOR.
He wants us – His Children – to know that He is LORD.
He wants us – His Children – to know that He is JUDGE.
He wants us – His Children – to know that He is PROVIDER.
He wants us – His Children – to know that He is LIFE.
He wants us – His Children – to know that He is LOVE.
 
This morning God says to us His Children that we are NOT FATHERLESS.
He says to us that we are NOT Spiritual Orphans.
He says to us that we are NOT Unloved.
 
He says to us that we are NOT Rejected.
He says to us that we are NOT Meaningless.
He says to us this morning that we are His and that HE LOVES US.
 
This simple yet profound statement reveals the HEART of God.
“we are His and HE LOVES US.”
 
In our search to understand our existence –

how we came to be,who we are, andwho we are becoming –we tend to focus on the subject, US, instead of The Sovereign, God.
 
In our search to understand our existence –
how we came to be,who we are, andwho we are becoming –we tend to emphasize our environment, THE WORLD, instead of The Emmanuel, God With Us.
 
When our focus and emphasis is SELF-CENTERED,
When our focus and emphasis makes US the CENTER of Our UNIVERSE,
We fail to receive the revelation God has already given us in His Word.
Yes, His Word says that He made us.
Yes, His Word says that He nurtures us.
Yes, His Word says that He has redeemed us.
But that does not seem to be enough WORD to satisfy our inquisitive souls.
So we keep searching, trying to figure out:
how we came to be,who we are, andwho we are becoming –In all of our searching, God tells us TODAY that in order to know:
how we came to be,who we are, andwho we are becoming –We must KNOW The One who made us first.
 
I did not fully know Derrick Jackson until I began to study John Jackson, my father.
I did not fully know Derrick Jackson until I began to study Rosemary Worship, my mother.
When I began to study MY PARENTS - not just observe them, not just be in their presence, and not just hang out with them - then I began to truly know Derrick.

We can not fully understand who we are, who we have been, and who we are becoming until we KNOW our Heavenly Father.
And the beauty of this journey, the beauty of this SEARCH for ANSWERS is that God WANTS US TO KNOW HIM.
 
His lesson for us today is SIMPLE: GOD IS LOVE.
I want you to KNOW, says the Lord, that GOD IS LOVE.
 
GOD IS LOVE – His Love Is Forever

1 John 4 : 17
17  Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
 
We are BOLD and CONFIDENT in God because his Love abides in us and with us FOREVER.
God is Eternal. His LOVE is ETERNAL.
His Love makes us SECURE because His Love is FOREVER.
His Love makes us SECURE because His Love is LIBERTY.
 
GOD IS LOVE – His Love Is Liberty
1 John 4 : 18
18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
 
We have the PERFECT LOVE of GOD.
We have the LIBERTY TO LIVE FULLY IN GOD.
“Love Can Not Exist in an Atmosphere Without Freedom”
– quote from Christian Psychiatrist Timothy R. Jennings, Ph.D.
His Love makes us SECURE because His Love is FOREVER.
His Love makes us SECURE because His Love is LIBERTY.
His Love makes us SECURE because His Love is Unconditional.
 
GOD IS LOVE – His Love Is Unconditional
1 John 4 : 19
19  We love Him (fn) because He first loved us.
 
Who loved you before You could love yourself?
Who loved them before they could love you?
1 John chapter 4 verses 10 & 11
10  In this is love, not that we 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.

We are rapidly headed toward the day when we will stand before God in judgment.
Like you, I want to be READY.
Remember, each day...CLASS IS IN SESSION.
 
God wants us to grow in the knowledge and experience of HIS LOVE.
God wants us to pass the test.
Here’s is the answer to your Spiritual High School Exit Exam:
“GOD IS LOVE”
 
It is the foundation upon which everything in our Life With God is built.


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