1 John 4:7-11

1 John 4:7-11

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. . . . Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Howard W. Hunter

Howard W. Hunter

“What causes some men in a declining morality to shun evil and wrongdoing and to follow the course of righteousness in their temporal, moral, and spiritual lives?  In my mind, there are three reasons for this phenomenon . . .

“The first is fear. . . .

“The second reason for men to shun evil, pursue righteousness, and serve their fellowmen is duty. . . .

“Now I come to the third reason, which in my opinion ought to be the objective of all men everywhere.  The greatest motivating influence for righteousness and for service to one’s fellowmen is the divine principle of love. . . .

“We must strive to obtain this virtue if we are to serve the Lord without faltering or growing weary in our pursuit of eternal life.  We will do this not because of fear, nor merely because it is our duty, but because we have sought for and obtained the greatest of all virtues, love” (The Teachings of Howard W. Hunter, p. 98).


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