1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Man had an abundance of a thing called spiritual death; a separation from God. It reigned over him. All kind of sin and crime and sickness and natural death grew out of it. Spiritual death is the very nature of Satan.
We see a world today that is filled with the abundance of the nature of Satan: Sickness, disease, murder, witchcraft, fear, etc. These are the traits of Satan.
But I don't want to dwell on this too much because where sin abounds grace doth much more abound. I just want you to see the nature of Satan and the nature of God, because man will follow one or the other. If we are not following after the nature of God then we are allowing the nature of Satan to creep in.
In John 8:44 some men told Jesus they were children of Abraham. Jesus told them, "No. By your deeds your father is the devil." They were seeking to kill Him.
What I am going to try and point out today is a Holy Ghost filled, blood washed child of God should never act like the devil.
We are finally getting back to our text: God is Love, and children should and will show the traits of their parents. There should be a family resemblance.
Let's go to I John 4:17. Because as he is, so are we in this world.
He is VICTORIOUS.
He is A CONQUEROR.
He is LIGHT.
He is TRUTH.
He is WELL.
Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.
The death nature cannot lord over you any more.
Colossians 2:9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Col 2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.
We have been translated out of the kingdom of darkness (Satan's nature) and translated into the kingdom of Jesus (the Love nature of God).
Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Romans 15:1 We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
Ro 15:2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.
Ro 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Even Jesus didn't please himself.
It is time we quit finding fault in each other. Quit picking each other to pieces and wounding one another and begin to show the nature of our Father by doing what Ephesians says.
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
Colossians 3:16 says it this way. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
If you want to let God loose in your life let love loose.
1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death (the nature of Satan).
God's nature will cause us to act in love, victory, joy, and peace. The fulness of the nature of God is life abundantly, natural and spiritual.
Satan's nature will cause us to act in strife, fear, defeat, and doubt. The fulness of his nature is sickness and death, natural and spiritual.
Let's allow the love nature of God to swallow us up, to rule in our lives. There is a term that I believe covers what we are talking about. It is called being baptized in His Spirit, covered in It, soaked in It, full and running over. Praise God!
He will come and make His home with you (John 14:23). If we allow Jesus to rule in our lives we will produce the Jesus kind of fruit.
2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2pe 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.