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An Epistle of Love
I John 5:1-13
(Read I Jn 4:19-21 NIV)
We must recognize that our relationship with God is the source of true love.
True love is not defined by the definition of the world but rather by God who is the originator of true love.
Paul defied this true Godly love by his writing to the Corinthians.
(Read 1 Cor 13:4-8 NIV)
This true love is not an emotion but a commitment!
It is unconditional!
It is positive!
It is hopeful!
It is protective!
It is forgiving!
It never lets a person down!
This is the basis of true love!
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,
Three true signs of a Believer!
I. Love one another Vs. 2-3
A. True love comes from loving God! And everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
The same kind of love that we receive from the Father is the same kind of love that we are expected to have towards each other!
We learn true love from God!
Jesus taught this principal in the parable of the wicked servant!
23 "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants.
24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.
25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.
26 "The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.'
27 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.
28 "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded.
29 "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient ...
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