“This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus.” (1 John 4:17, NIV)
We have increased confidence in God through our inward possession of the Holy Spirit and our outward acknowledgment of Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Savior of sinners. We know we live in God and that God lives in us. This new relationship with God enables us to practise love towards other people as Jesus Christ did. This gives us added confidence that we are saved eternally and need never fear God’s judgment. (4:13-18)
Love prepares us to appear with confidence before the judgment-seat. If we truly love God, we have nothing to fear in the day of judgment because “in this world we are like Jesus.” We resemble him and we are not alarmed at the prospect of meeting him.
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