God is Love
I JOHN 4: 13 - 21
Attributes of God: (sharing only 6)
God is holy (Sept. 18
God is love (today)
God is omniscient = all knowing
God is omnipresent = everywhere, all the time, multi-
God is omnipotent = all powerful
God is immutable = never changing
Attributes; Character; & Personality
Love: I Jn 4:13-21
I John 4: 13 - 21
This is how we know that we live in Him and He in us:
He has given us of His Spirit. And we have seen and
testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior
of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the
Son of God, God lives in them and they (live) in God.
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and
God in them. This is how love is made complete
among us so that we will have confidence on the day
of judgement:
I John 4: 13 – 21 continued:
In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love.
But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to
do with punishment. The one who fears is not made
perfect in love. We love because He first loved us.
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or
sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother
and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God,
Whom they have not seen. And He has given us this
command: Anyone who loves God must also love
their brother and sister.
Attributes; Character; & Personality
Love: I Jn 4:13-21
Grace, Mercy and Justice
Characteristics of God’s Love:
Grace = undeserved and unearned love
Mercy = to withhold deserved punishment
Justice = to require payment for wrong
Grace balances Mercy and Justice
“Just as if I did not sin”
“The debt is paid … nothing owed”
Romans 5: 9, “…we have now been justified by His (Jesus’)
Romans 7: 24 & 25, “What a wretched man I am! Who will
rescue me from this body of sin? Thanks be to God, Who
delivers (saves) me through Jesus Christ!”
Proverbs 21:15, “When justice is done, it brings joy to the
righteous and terror to the evildoers.”
“To hold back punishment that is correctly due”
Matthew 18: 23-27, “…the Kingdom of heaven is like a king
who wanted to settle accounts with his servants…a man who
owed him 10,000 bags of gold (equal to 20 years of salary)
was brought to him. Since he could not pay, the master
ordered that he, his wife, children and all he had be sold to
repay the debt.
The servant fell on his knees before him, “Be patient with me…I
will pay back everything.’ The master took pitty on him,
cancelled the debt and let him go.”
This is MERCY
“unearned and undeserved favor (love) – cannot be earned,
nothing we can do to increase the value of grace (gain
more grace)”
Grace simply totally loves unconditionally (without demands
– no “must do…”
Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved, through
faith and this is not from yourselves, it is a gift of God.”
God’s Characteristics: Justice,
Mercy and Grace
God’s attribute of love is
shown in His justice, mercy,
and grace
We are helpless and hopeless
– BUT God through Jesus Christ
paid our debt of sin, still holds
the punishment we deserve,
and His grace continues to
cover us…