Let Us Love One Another

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7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. - 1st John 4:7-12

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Let Us Love One Another

  1. 1. Everlasting Mercy Fellowship
  2. 2. 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God,and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Anyone who does not love does not know God, becauseGod is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifestamong us, that God sent his only Son into the world, sothat we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not thatwe have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son tobe the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so lovedus, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has everseen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and hislove is perfected in us.
  3. 3.  John tells us two things in this section of his epistle.  How did God react to us.  What our reaction should be It is these two things that we will examined this morning.
  4. 4.  Scripture teaches us that God reacted towards us by displaying His love. How does God display His love? By sending His son into the world (1st John 4:9-11).  The greek text reads that God commissioned His Son by sending Him into the world’s system so that we would live through Him. What was His Son sent to do? To be our propitiation (1st John 4:10). This is the gospel!
  5. 5.  How do we react to this action by God? We display our love back...to each other. The word used in the greek for this entire section is agape.
  6. 6.  What is agape? Agape means to love sacrificially. Loving costs. Agape simply means sacrificial love. Why does it have to be shown by me? Because it shows the following:  That you have been born again (see 1st John 4:7-8; 1st Peter 1:3-5)  That you know God (see Jeremiah 24:7)  That you have reacted properly to God’s love in your life (see 1st John 4:11)  Allows people to see God move naturally (see 1st John 4:12) Agape challenge  Do something random for somebody this week ie. Shovel snow, buy them a cup of coffee, tip your waiter/waitress a little extra, give someone the right of way instead of trying to be 1st, etc. Next week  Abiding in Faith and Love (1st John 4:13-5:5)

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