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    • 1. A Friend Indeed John 15:9-17
    • 2. • John 15:9-17 "As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Fathers commandments and abide in His love. 11"These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down ones life for his friends. 14You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17These things I command you, that you love one another.
    • 3. A Friend Indeed John 15:9-17
    • 4. I. Friendship must be Proven
    • 5. I. Friendship must be Proven• John 15: 13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down one’s life for his friends."
    • 6. I. Friendship must be Proven• John 15: 13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down one’s life for his friends."• Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her
    • 7. AGAPE
    • 8. AGAPE• Of the love of human to human (1 John 4:21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.)
    • 9. AGAPE• Of the love of human to human (1 John 4:21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.)• Of the love of men towards God (1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.)
    • 10. AGAPE
    • 11. AGAPE• Of the love of God towards men (Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.)
    • 12. AGAPE• Of the love of God towards men (Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.)• Of the love of God towards Christ (John 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Fathers commandments and abide in His love.)
    • 13. AGAPE• Of the love of God towards men (Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.)• Of the love of God towards Christ (John 15:10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Fathers commandments and abide in His love.)• Of the love of Christ towards men (Ephesians 3:19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.)
    • 14. Labor of Love
    • 15. Labor of Love• 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.
    • 16. Labor of Love• 1 Thessalonians 1:2-4 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, 3remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, 4knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.• David Lipscomb - Labor of love - The labor and fatiguing toil to which they were led by their love to God and to their brethren. This love had been manifested by the untiring and devoted toils which they had undergone to help their brethren in distress. Love makes us willing to labor and suffer for those we love. Love to God is expressed in obedience (John 14:15,21,23); love to man in considering the interest of others rather than our own (Philippians 2:4)
    • 17. • 1 John 4:10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
    • 18. Benefit Your Brother• Titus 3:1-5 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
    • 19. II. Friendship must be Practiced
    • 20. II. Friendship must be Practiced• John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
    • 21. II. Friendship must be Practiced• John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."• Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
    • 22. II. Friendship must be Practiced• John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."• Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.• Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
    • 23. II. Friendship must be Practiced• John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."• Proverbs 27:6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.• Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.• Proverbs 18:2 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
    • 24. ONE ANOTHER
    • 25. ONE ANOTHER• 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.
    • 26. ONE ANOTHER• 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.• Romans 12:9-10 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;
    • 27. ONE ANOTHER• 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.• Romans 12:9-10 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;• Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
    • 28. ONE ANOTHER• 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.• Romans 12:9-10 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;• Galatians 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.• Galatians 6:2 Bear one anothers burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
    • 29. Practice Makes Perfect
    • 30. Practice Makes Perfect• James 1:22-25 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; 24for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
    • 31. Practice Makes Perfect• James 1:22-25 But be doers of • James 1:27 Pure and undefiled the word, and not hearers only, religion before God and the deceiving yourselves. 23For if Father is this: to visit orphans anyone is a hearer of the word and widows in their trouble, and not a doer, he is like a man and to keep oneself unspotted observing his natural face in a from the world. mirror; 24for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. 25But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
    • 32. Visit
    • 33. Visit• Visit - to look upon or after. To inspect, or examine with the eyes.
    • 34. Visit• Visit - to look upon or after. To inspect, or examine with the eyes.• Matthew 25:43-46 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.44"Then they also will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You? 45Then He will answer them, saying, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. 46And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."
    • 35. Christ - the perfect friend
    • 36. Christ - the perfect friend• Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
    • 37. Christ - the perfect friend• Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."• Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    • 38. Christ - the perfect friend• Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."• Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.• 1 Peter 5:6-7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
    • 39. What can remove you from God’s love?• Romans 8:34-39 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36As it is written: "For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter." 37Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
    • 40. III. Friendship must be Proclaimed
    • 41. III. Friendship must be Proclaimed• John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
    • 42. III. Friendship must be Proclaimed• John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."• 1 John 3:10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.

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