February 22, 2017 | Wednesday Fellowship Service (+Fr. Erel Villanueva)
Topic: To Know and to grow in the love of God
“Love is the greatest law; all the commandments are summarized into love.”
“The Love of God is the foundation of what we are doing to God.”
1 John 4:16 (AMP) – We have come to know [by personal observation and experience], and have believed [with deep, consistent faith] the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides continually in him.
“To Know” – means to take knowledge of something or someone; growing in the knowledge of something or someone; progressive growth of knowing.
“We have to know the love of God in us.”
Matthew 5:48 (AMP) – You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.
How To Grow In Love:
1.) By reading His Word – Knowing God, meditate on what God has done for us(John 3:16, 1 John 4:17-18).
“Perfect love casts out fear.
2.) Submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Romans 5:5 (AMP) – Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
3.) Put love into action
“Love has always an object.”
“We cannot love others unless we have not known the love of God.”