HealthyChristians make Healthy ChurchesLove One Another
1 John 3:11 For this is the message that you have heard fromthe beginning, that we should love one another. 12 Weshould not be like Cain, who was of the evil one andmurdered his brother. And why did he murder him?Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’srighteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the worldhates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of deathinto life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does notlove abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother isa murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternallife abiding in him. 16 By this we know love, that he laiddown his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives forthe brothers.
17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brotherin need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’slove abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love inword or talk but in deed and in truth. 19 By this we shallknow that we are of the truth and reassure our heartbefore him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, Godis greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we haveconfidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask wereceive from him, because we keep his commandmentsand do what pleases him.
23And this is his commandment, that we believe in thename of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just ashe has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps hiscommandments abides in God, and God in him. And bythis we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom hehas given us.
The Message of Christ1 John 3:11 For this is the message that you have heard fromthe beginning, that we should love one another.“For” = 1 John 3:10 By this it is evident who are the children ofGod, and who are the children of the devil: whoever doesnot practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the onewho does not love his brother. Children of Devil = those who practice unrighteousness and those who do not practice love. Children of God = The righteous and the loving
The New Law – The Heart of GodJesus summed up the Old Testament Law• Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul and strength• Love your neighbor as yourselfIn 1 John 3:10 – True followers of Christ and true children of God are those who demonstrate these two laws in their daily lives.You cannot be righteous – without love for one another.
Paul AgreedRomans 13:9 Forthe commandments, “You shall not commitadultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, Youshall not covet,” and any other commandment, aresummed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor asyourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; thereforelove is the fulfilling of the law.
How Did Paul Describe Love“Love” = ἀγαπάω agapaō1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envyor boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist onits own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does notrejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Lovebears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things.In OT and NT – love is best described as the character oflong-suffering, patience, mercy, loving-kindness
Jesus Said it FirstJohn 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you loveone another: just as I have loved you, you also are to loveone another. 35 By this all people will know that you aremy disciples, if you have love for one another.”“New Command” = To Love as Jesus Loved“New Mission” = To demonstrate the nature and characterof Christ through love
What is at StakeJohn 17:20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those whowill believe in me through their word, 21 that they may allbe one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, thatthey also may be in us, so that the world may believe thatyou have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me Ihave given to them, that they may be one even as we areone, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may becomeperfectly one, so that the world may know that you sentme and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, Idesire that they also, whom you have given me, may bewith me where I am, to see my glory that you have given
me because you loved me before the foundation of theworld. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world doesnot know you, I know you, and these know that you havesent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I willcontinue to make it known, that the love with which youhave loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Questions for the HeartAm I Loving?Are there Christians I Don’t Love?Who Have I not Forgiven?Can I be Unforgiving and Still Loving?Who Needs to See that Jesus is God in My Circles of Friends – Who is Outside My Circle Who Needs this Love?
1 John 3:12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evilone and murdered his brother. And why did he murderhim? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’srighteous.
The Heart of MurderWhat Fueled Cain’s Murder of His Brother Able?• He was a follower of Satan• He was full of evil• He was jealous and pridefulJesus Warned of the Heart of MurderMatt. 5:22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry withhis brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults hisbrother will be liable to the council; and whoever says,‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.
1 John 3:13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the worldhates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of deathinto life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does notlove abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother isa murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternallife abiding in him. “Hate” = Strong Dislike, Strong Aversion, Hostility toward Another – to Detest Ancient Idiom – “To Kill in the Heart” or “To Spit at the Heart”
Expect the Hate of the WorldThe World is Related to Cain• It is Motivated by the Evil One (Eph. 2)• It is Full of Evil Actions• It is Jealous of the Life Given to Followers of Christ• It is Destined for Death (Separation from God)John Repeated Jesus1 John 3:14b-15 Whoever does not love abides in death.15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and youknow that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
Hate – A New Definition• Hate is from Satan• Hate is Evil• Hate Proves a Person is of Satan• Hate is Murder• Hate Separates us from God = Death• Hate Proves we Need Salvation
Questions for the HeartSo You Thought a Little Hate was OK – What About Now?Jesus and John Defined Hate as Murder – Are You a Murderer?Hate Separates Us From God – Where are You? Do You Need Forgiveness?Eph. 4: 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgivingone another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Jesus Showed God’s Heart1 Jn 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life forus, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.Jn 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his onlySon, that whoever believes in him should not perish buthave eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into theworld to condemn the world, but in order that the worldmight be saved through him.
Love is Extreme• Love Opposes Hate• Hate Kills – Love Dies• Hate Killed Christ but Christ Died for Haters• To Love is to Be Like Christ Question for the HeartWho is God Bringing to Mind Right Now?Do the Ones We Dislike - Need More Love and Attention?
Living Like Christ1 John 3:17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees hisbrother in need, yet closes his heart against him, howdoes God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us notlove in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
One Step Further - IndifferenceIs Indifference Hate?Is Ambivalence Love or………..?If We See Needs and Avoid Them – Are We Loving?How Did God Respond to the Need He Saw?If God had Been Indifferent or Ambivalent Toward usWould We Still Describe Him as a God of Love? Or WouldHis Indifference Be an Act of Hate?He Hates Sin, He Could Easily have Hated Us!
A Heart Motivated by GodWe Are to Act Like GodWe Are to be More than Armchair QuarterbacksWe Are to Hear then Act Talk is Cheap but Actions SpeakActing in Love – Demonstrates TruthGod is Seen in Actions Before He is Heard in our SpeechSpeaking Truth without Acting in Love is Pointless1 Co 13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, buthave not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
James 1:22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only,deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of theword and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently athis natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself andgoes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But theone who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, andperseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer whoacts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks heis religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives hisheart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that ispure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visitorphans and widows in their affliction, and to keeponeself unstained from the world.
Questions for the HeartHave You Been Indifferent or Ambivalent?Have You Purposely Remained Ignorant About Needs Around You?How Does John View Indifference?Who Comes to Mind that You Could Love?List Some Small 1st Steps to Loving that Person – When Will You Start?
1 John 3:19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth andreassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heartcondemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knowseverything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us,we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we askwe receive from him, because we keep hiscommandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this ishis commandment, that we believe in the name of his SonJesus Christ and love one another, just as he hascommanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandmentsabides in God, and God in him. And by this we know thathe abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
Motivated by RelationshipAs We Love Others – We Show Our Love for God• We Are Reassured That We are True Christians• We Are Seen and Remembered by God• We Are Pleasing to God• We Are Blessed with Answered Prayer• We Abide in God• God Abides in Us – His Spirit (Who is at Work)Like a Parent – God Relates to Us and Responds to Us asWe Obey Him. John Spoke of a Quality of Relationship
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