Help! I Just Read 1 John 4! Now What?

Sunday was Part 2 in a 6 week series through 1 John called "Love As Our Witness." Both weeks I have encouraged and challenged The Church at West Franklin to read through 1 John every week of the series. If you do this, you will have read through the book of 1 John 6 times!!!!

This week, I would like to give you a pointer or two from each of the 5 chapters to help you better apply this book to your life as you read.

You may have read 1 John 4 today. Now you may be thinking, "Now What?"

I recommend taking a verse (or a passage) that "stuck out" to you, ask questions of the verse (passage) itself, and then questions that are personal to you.

Consider 1 John 4:7-12

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent His One and Only Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 Love consists in this: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Dear friends, if God loved us in this way, we also must love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God. If we love one another, God remains in us and His love is perfected in us.

Using this passage, ask/commit to the following:

a. Where does love come from?

b. Verse 8 says, "God is love." Verse 9 explains how God reveals love. How did God make His love evident

c. Who loved first: God or us? Why does this order matter?

d. What is a direct result of being loved by God (see verse 11)?

e. According to verse 12, how do people "see" God and His love?

f. Is your life defined by love for others? How?


That's it! Do that for yourself with 1 John 4:7-12, or pick out a verse that grabs your attention and ask similar questions. Developing this habit in 1 John will not only enrich our souls; but will also help cultivate a lifestyle of daily reading AND applying of the Scriptures.