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A.W. Tozer

THESE ARE THE TIMES that try men's souls. The Spirit has spoken expressly that in the latter times some should depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. Those days are upon us and we cannot escape them; we must triumph in the midst of them, for such is the will of God concerning us.

Strange as it may seem, the danger today is greater for the fervent Christian than...

Bible Verses: 1 Thessalonians 5:211 John 4:1Matthew 7:15Proverbs 1:172 Peter 3:152 Peter 3:162 Peter 3:1Isaiah 42Revelation 4:11Revelation 4:2Acts 2:36Acts 4:12Acts 4:3Acts 4:4Galatians 5:17Romans 8Romans 6Romans 7Romans 51 John 3:181 John 3:191 John 4:71 John 4:81 John 5:1John 13:35John 13:6John 3:16John 3:171 John 2:161 John 2:17Ephesians 21 John 2:152 Corinthians 6:7Titus 2:11-13Psalms 5

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     1 John 4:7-16

We turn now to consider another aspect of God's nature and character - love. There are three things told us in Scripture concerning the nature of God. First, "God is spirit" (John 4:24), which means He has no visible substance. Second, "God is light" (

Bible Verses: 1 John 4:7-16John 4:241 John 1:5Jeremiah 31:1-4John 3:16Romans 5:8

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     Romans 3:21-31

Herbert Spencer, whom we quoted earlier, wrote: "The task of religion is at-one-ment: atonement. If it fails to do this it fails at the vital point." Its ritual may be beautiful, its sanctions may be ancient, its precepts may be good, but if it fails to bring men and women into correspondence with God it fails vitally...

Bible Verses: Romans 3:21-311 John 2:1-21 John 4:102 Corinthians 5:11-19

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Selwyn Hughes

For Reading and Meditation:     1 John 4:7-21

There have been two great attempts to find God throughout the ages," said Dr. E. Stanley Jones, "one, philosophy, the other, moralism." The attempts of philosophy to find God are represented by the three great philosophical nations - Greece, India, and China. These three nations have taken men and women about as far as...

Bible Verses: 1 John 4:7-21Luke 18:11Matthew 5:20Romans 5:1-8Ephesians 2:4-5John 3:162 Timothy 3:5

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Charles Spurgeon

The distinguishing mark of a Christian is his confidence in the love of Christ, and the yielding of his affections to Christ in return. First, faith sets her seal upon the man by enabling the soul to say with the apostle, "Christ loved me and gave himself for me." Then love gives the countersign, and stamps upon the heart gratitude and love to Jesus in return. "We love him because he first loved us." In those grand old ages, which are the heroic period of the Christian religion, this double...

Bible Verses: 1 John 4:8

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William MacDonald

The coming of Christ brought a new word for love into the Greek language - agape. There was already a word for friendship (philia) and one for passionate love (eros), but there was none to express the kind of love which God showed in giving His only begotten Son and which He calls on His people to show to one another.

This is another-worldly love, a love with new dimensions. The love of God had no...

Bible Verses: 1 John 4:8

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William MacDonald

We must not think of love as an uncontrollable, unpredictable emotion. We are commanded to love, and this would be quite impossible if love were some elusive, sporadic sensation, coming as unaccountably as a common cold. Love does involve the emotions but it is more a matter of the will than of the emotions.

We must also guard against the notion that love is confined to a world of dream castles with little relation to the nitty-gritty of everyday life. For every hour of moonlight and...

Bible Verses: 1 John 4:11

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William MacDonald

Love is that quality in God which causes Him to lavish unbounded affection on others. His love is manifest in giving good and perfect gifts to the beloved.

We can give only a few of the myriad of verses that speak of that love! "I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee" (Jeremiah 31:3). "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us" (

Bible Verses: 1 John 4:10Jeremiah 31:3Romans 5:8Ephesians 2:4John 3:161 John 4:8Ephesians 5:1-2

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George Bowen

Two sublime arguments here present themselves. The first is this: God hath so loved me; therefore, beloved, I must love you. The second is: God hath so loved you; therefore, beloved, I must love you.

By virtue of the first argument, every expression of the love of God toward me that I have ever received, lays aside its smile, and assuming a beautiful air of authority, commands me to love you. All the promises that ever flocked in laughing troops or came singly and gently to my soul,...

Bible Verses: 1 John 4:11

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James Russell Miller

1 John 4:7-16

"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love ." One reason why Christians should love one another, is because God would have them interpret His love to the world, and this they can do, only by love. Anything unloving - is not of God....

Bible Verses: 1 John 4:7-16

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