1st John 4:19 NLT
”We love each other because He loved us first.”
The test we as Born-Again Christian believers are to use is given in 1 John 4:2-3. The responsibility for testing the spirits rests not merely on scholars or church leaders but on every Christian. Do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit means that the believers should not believe everything they hear just because someone says it is a message from God.
We should test the message to see if it is truly from the Lord. One way is to check to see if it matches God’s Word, the Bible. Other tests include the teachers’ commitment to the body of believers (1 John 2:19), their lifestyles (1 John 3:23-24), and the fruit of their ministries (1 John 4:6). The most important test of all, however, is what we believe about our Lord Jesus Christ (1 John 4:2). Do they teach that our Lord Jesus is fully God and fully man? The first-century world was filled with many false prophets who were claiming to speak for God. The believers needed to apply these tests in order to discern truth from error.
The term “false prophets” is another name for the many antichrists (see 1 John 2:18-19). Whereas a true prophet is one who receives direct revelation from God, a false prophet only claims to have received direct revelation from God, but has not. The test is similar to that administered to false prophets in Deuteronomy 13:1-5; 18:15-22.
At times we may be tempted to focus on the relationships that fall short of our expectations and wishes. It is understandable that the people who cause our pain often receive the lion’s share of our situation. We want to figure out what went awry.
But realize that human love will never really fulfill our needs. And God allows us to experience how short it falls so we’ll recognize how much we need His perfect, unconditional love.
People may seem to provide the care, validation, and acceptance we desire, but only our Lord Jesus Christ can truly fill us with the love that never ceases. So if we feel a longing for someone or emptiness inside, don’t focus on the person who is being unloving. Rather, take it as an indication we have not received God’s love as fully as we can. Our Father God’s love is sufficient to sustain us, no matter what we face. Let’s allow God to drive out our fears and bring us peace.
In the Holy Spirit’s presence, we can seek His love first.
Let’s pray. “Father God, in the name of Jesus, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, thank You for loving us. You know who is on our hearts today and the pain we feel toward that person. But we look to You and know You will sustain us, Amen!”
Praise our Lord Jesus Christ! Thank you Lord.