44. "God Is Love" | BYU Studies

44. "God Is Love"

The first epistle of John calls saints to walk in the light of obedience based on faith in Jesus Christ. The second epistle warns against deceivers and the unrepentant. The second and third epistles praise those who follow Christ: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

Manifestations of Heavenly Father's Love for Us

Chart 14-13: "2 Peter & 1 John," from Charting the New Testament

John teaches the power of God's love when he testifies, "God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him."(1 John 4:16) Chart 14-13 outlines what exactly John teaches in his first epistle about unfailing love of our Heavenly Father.

"The Power of God's Love," by Elder John H. Groberg, Ensign, November 2004

Heavenly Father shows His love to us by enabling us to "endure pain, quell fear, forgive freely, avoid contention, renew strength, and bless and help others in ways surprising even to us." In this article, John H. Groberg describes his experience feeling the love of God while enduring trials throughout his mission in Tonga. He says, "Being filled with God's love is the most joyous of all things and is worth every cost."

"Agency and Self-Deception in the Writings of James and 1 John," by Terrance D. Olson, in Go Ye into All the World: Messages of the New Testament Apostles

In 1 John, “a contrast is established immediately between walking in light and walking in darkness. Walking in darkness is characterized by our doing not the truth; by the truth not being in us…. it is in our response to the gospel—how we act upon it, and not how it acts upon us—that reveals who and what we see; who and what we are, in any given moment. Our disobedience changes our world—what we see and what we understand, and how we relate to others. Being blind to the truth is the condition of those who refuse to live by the truth they have been offered.”