First John is written to believers whom the writer deeply loved. It’s also written to those of us who would follow in their footsteps. John calls these dear souls, Agapetoi in the Greek which most translate as, beloved. Agapetoi those who’ve been the recipients of God’s amazing and undeserved love. Having such love lavished upon us and being filled with the very Spirit of God should have a demonstrative impact. And what is that? Love towards the One who pours it upon us and also love for one another. 1 John 4:11-12 and 19-21 declare it profoundly: “Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and His love is perfected in us… We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” (ESV) This is the Word of the Lord to the Beloved, to the Agapetoi, and even to the likes of Us. Thanks be to God!
- 1 John 4:11 - 21
- Romans 8:9 - 11