What Does 1 John 4:16 Mean?

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

1 John 4:16(KJV)

Verse Thoughts

Perhaps this is the verse of all verses that encapsulates the very essence of God and what He has done for us; what He is doing and what He will continue to do in and through all who believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God and place their trust in Him.

As Christians we are participators in the love of the Father, through the witness of the Spirit of Love, Who has been given by the Father of Love to reveal the Son of His Love. This glorious truth and wonderful reassurance binds our heart to God's eternal heart of love, for we have known and believed the great love that God hath to us. We know, and we believe that the truth and knowledge of God's Love is simply a matter of faith, which pleases the loving heart of our gracious God of Love.

It was the fiery 'son of thunder' who in his twilight years penned the precious words in this verse: God is Love, and it was the same beloved disciple who increasingly discovered the amazing truth that: God is Love - as did the dynamic apostle Paul who disclosed that love is the greatest of all the gifts and love is the greatest fruit of the Spirit - for the fruit of the Spirit is grounded in LOVE.

The love of God reaches into every aspect of our lives and touches every 'jot and tittle' of our need. Behind the black clouds of sin, shines the Son of redeeming love. Enshrouded beneath the dreary fog of hopelessness is hidden our loving Provider. Submerged beneath the woes and troubles that weary our souls and swamp our minds is the everlasting Spirit of love.

Hidden in the dusty desert of despair we are given streaming rivers of living water that are brimming to overflowing with the Love of God, and Jesus invites all to come and drink deeply of His refreshing Love.

Perhaps this verse, which so simply states that God Is Love, encapsulates the very essence of God and should be increasingly taken to heart, knowing that those that rest; remain; abide and dwell in His love, by keeping their minds on Jesus, are assured that the Love of God will rest; remain; abide and dwell in their hearts - encouraging; providing; upholding; leading; refreshing; comforting and supporting - for God Is Love.

My Prayer

Loving Father I praise You for Your heart of love that is open towards me and for the many ways that You shower Your love into my life. Keep me ever mindful of Your love and use me to stream Your gracious love through my life and out to the weary and thirsty souls that You place in my path, in Christ's name I pray, AMEN.

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