A 20Life 20of 20Love by 3KuG7B

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									 The Christian Life is a Life of
             Love!
  “Love isn‟t something we
are in – it is something that we
do…”
  Love is active Good Will!
   “For God so loved the world that
He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have
everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
          True Love is
         Active Good Will
• God‟s love for man compelled him to act
  decisively for our salvation (cf. John
  3:16)
         John 3:16
 “For God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but
have everlasting life.”
          True Love is
         Active Good Will
• God‟s love for man compelled him to act
  decisively for our salvation (cf. John
  3:16)
• The Love which God has shown
  teaches us how to love each other (1
  John 4:10-11)
      1 John 4:10-11
 “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. 11
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also
ought to love one another.”
          True Love is
         Active Good Will
• God‟s love for man compelled him to act
  decisively for our salvation (cf. John
  3:16)
• The Love which God has shown
  teaches us how to love each other (1
  John 4:10-11)
• Love is to be expressed as an active
  force in our day-to-day dealing with
  others (1 John 3:16-18)
       1 John 3:16-18
  “By this we know love, because He laid
down His life for us. And we also ought to
lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But
whoever has this world's goods, and sees
his brother in need, and shuts up his heart
from him, how does the love of God abide in
him? 18 My little children, let us not love in
word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
       Who Should We Love?
          (Matthew 22)
   “Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a
question, testing Him, and saying, 36 „Teacher,
which is the great commandment in the law?‟ 37
Jesus said to him, „You shall love the LORD your
God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with
all your mind. 38 This is the first and great
commandment. 39 And the second is like it: You
shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40 On these
two commandments hang all the Law and the
Prophets.‟”
       Who Should We Love?
          (Matthew 22)
• God: The Supreme Object of My Love
  – Lk. 14:26; Matt. 6:33; Psa. 119:97; 1 Jn. 5:2-3
           Luke 14:26
  “If anyone comes to Me and does not
hate his father and mother, wife and
children, brothers and sisters, yes, and
his own life also, he cannot be My
disciple.”

  Even the fondest of earthly loves becomes hatred
by comparison
         Matthew 6:33
 “But seek first the kingdom of God and
His righteousness, and all these things
shall be added to you.”

  We demonstrate our love for God by placing the
things of God supreme in our priorities. It’s
something that we do!
         Psalm 119:97
 “Oh, how I love Your law! It is my
meditation all the day.”

  When we study, meditate and learn from the
Scriptures, and seek opportunities to teach it to
others, and defend it against its foes, then I am
evidencing my deep, supreme love for God.
          1 John 5:2-3
  “By this we know that we love the children
of God, when we love God and keep His
commandments. 3 For this is the love of
God, that we keep His commandments. And
His commandments are not burdensome.”

  If I truly love God, I will seek to learn his will
and obey that will in all things.
       Who Should We Love?
          (Matthew 22)
• God: The Supreme Object of My Love
  – Lk. 14:26; Matt. 6:33; Psa. 119:97; 1 Jn. 5:2-3
• Loving My Neighbor: The Secondary
  Object of Love
  – Lk. 10:29-36; Jn. 13:35; 1 Cor. 12:31; Matt. 5:44;
    Rom. 12:19-21
       Luke 10:36-37
  “So which of these three do you think
was neighbor to him who fell among the
thieves? 37 And he said, „He who
showed mercy on him.‟ Then Jesus said
to him, „Go and do likewise.‟”

  The neighbor we love is anyone whose needs we
are in a position to meet. Again, it is doing!
           John 13:35
  “By this all will know that you are My
disciples, if you have love for one
another.”

  We especially should have love for those of like
precious faith.
     1 Corinthians 12:31
 “But earnestly desire the best gifts. And
yet I show you a more excellent way.”

  While spiritual gifts were important, the greatest
of all things which abides forever is love (cf.
13:13).
       Matthew 5:44
  “But I say to you, love your enemies,
bless those who curse you, do good to
those who hate you, and pray for those
who spitefully use you and persecute you,
45 that you may be sons of your Father
in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on
the evil and on the good, and sends rain
on the just and on the unjust.”
 Jesus even commands us to love our enemies!
     Romans 12:19-21
  “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but
rather give place to wrath; for it is written,
„Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,‟ says the
Lord. 20 Therefore „If your enemy is
hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him
a drink; For in so doing you will heap
coals of fire on his head.‟ 21 Do not be
overcome by evil, but overcome evil with
good.”
       Who Should We Love?
          (Matthew 22)
• God: The Supreme Object of My Love
  – Lk. 14:26; Matt. 6:33; Psa. 119:97; 1 Jn. 5:2-3
• Loving My Neighbor: The Secondary
  Object of Love
  – Lk. 10:29-36; Jn. 13:35; 1 Cor. 12:31; Matt. 5:44;
    Rom. 12:19-21
• Loving Myself: The Final Object of Love
  – Not 2 Tim. 3:1-5; But, Matt. 22:39; Eph. 5:28
  – Care and protection of self. Highest Good.
       2 Timothy 3:1-5
  “But know this, that in the last days
perilous times will come: 2 For men will
be lovers of themselves,… 5 having a
form of godliness but denying its power.
And from such people turn away!”
  In this context, self love becomes selfish love! We
love self more than we love God!
        Matthew 22:39
 “And the second is like it: „You shall love
your neighbor as yourself.‟”
  We are to seek our neighbor’s welfare as we seek
our own. We are to seek our own highest good.
But, our highest good is served when we live
righteously before God!
       Ephesians 5:28
  “So husbands ought to love their own
wives as their own bodies; he who loves
his wife loves himself. 29 For no one
ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes
and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the
church.”
 Same as before. We are to seek our wife’s
welfare as we seek our own.
          Conclusion
  We should emulate Jesus in
our expressions of love…

  “…who went about doing
good and healing all who
were oppressed by the devil,
for God was with Him.”
                 (Acts 10:38)

								
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