1John 2:7-14 The Command to Love POHFW

1John 2:7-14 The Command to Love POHFW

Preparing our Hearts to Worship


In an effort to help you prepare for the October 22, 2017, Sunday morning corporate worship gathering and to aid you in your own reflections on the Epistle of 1st John. I wanted to pose a few questions and provide a few resources to prayerfully consider over the coming days. Our sermon is entitled, “The Command to Love”. The main Scripture for the day is 1 John 2:7-14. The other passages are either referenced in the message or provide additional insight for reflection. 


(Pick and choose from the many resources and options, which I have tried to make available for your devotional life.)


From the Scriptures


Read and prayerfully reflect upon some or all of these Scriptures. Ask God to shape your life and your church’s life to match the heart of God:


Read or listen to 1John 2:7-14, 1Corinthians 13:1-8, Deuteronomy 6:5, Leviticus 19:18.

(You can read or listen to all of these passages in a variety of translations at Bible.is.)

From the Creeds and Confessions 


Heidelberg Catechism Q4-5

Q4 What does God’s law require of us? 


Christ teaches us this in summary in Matthew 22:37-40


“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’1This is the greatest and first commandment. 

“And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’2

“On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” 

1 Deut. 6:5

2 Lev. 19:18


Q5 Can you live up to all this perfectly? 


No.1  I have a natural tendency to hate God and my neighbor.2


1 Rom. 3:9-20, 231 John 1:8, 10

2 Gen. 6:5Jer. 17:9Rom. 7:23-248:7Eph. 2:1-3Titus 3:3


Belgic Confession Article 24

We believe that this true faith, 

produced in us by the hearing of God’s Word and by the work of the Holy Spirit, 

regenerates us and makes us new creatures,58

causing us to live a new life59 and freeing us from the slavery of sin. 

Therefore, far from making people cold toward living in a pious and holy way, this justifying faith, quite to the contrary, so works within them that apart from it they will never do a thing out of love for God but only out of love for themselves and fear of being condemned. 

So then, it is impossible for this holy faith to be unfruitful in a human being, seeing that we do not speak of an empty faith but of what Scripture calls “faith working through love,”60 which moves people to do by themselves the works that God has commanded in the Word. 

These works, proceeding from the good root of faith, are good and acceptable to God, since they are all sanctified by God’s grace. Yet they do not count toward our justification— for by faith in Christ we are justified, even before we do good works. Otherwise they could not be good, any more than the fruit of a tree could be good if the tree is not good in the first place. 

So then, we do good works, but not for merit— for what would we merit? 

Rather, we are indebted to God for the good works we do, and not God to us,  since God “is at work in [us], enabling [us] both to will and to work for his good pleasure”61 — thus keeping in mind what is written: 

“When you have done all that you were ordered to do, say, ‘We are worthless slaves; we have done only what we ought to have done.’“62

Yet we do not wish to deny that God rewards good works—but it is by grace that God crowns these gifts. 

Moreover, although we do good works we do not base our salvation on them; for we cannot do any work that is not defiled by our flesh and also worthy of punishment. And even if we could point to one, memory of a single sin is enough for God to reject that work. So we would always be in doubt, tossed back and forth without any certainty, and our poor consciences would be tormented constantly if they did not rest on the merit of the suffering and death of our Savior. 


582 Cor. 5:17

59Rom. 6:4

60Gal. 5:6

61Phil. 2:13

62Luke 17:10


From the songs, hymns and spiritual songs of the Church


Love, Love, Love, Christians this is your call: Lyrics, Video

Love (Tomlin) : Lyrics, Video


For Thoughtful Reflection, Prayer, or further Study


Read and reflect on The Old New Commandment by Stephen Cole.

Why is love related to being forgive?

How does love overcome evil? 

If our actions hinder another from coming to Christ, why is this not loving?


The Sermon will be available online on October 15, 2017 at 12:30 pm.



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