Free To Love by Larry Wynn

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FREE TO LOVE
I JOHN 4:7-11
AUGUST 30, 1998 A.M.
SERIES: A GOOD ATTITUDE
Larry Wynn
SUBJECT: LOVE

I. INTRODUCTION

A. CLEBE McCLARY STORY OF RALPH
JOHNSON.

1. “WHEN THAT MARINE JUMPED ON
THAT HAND GRENADE THERE WAS
NO DOUBT OF HIS LOVE FOR US.”

B. I TELL YOU TODAY THERE IS NO DOUBT
GOD LOVES US, BECAUSE HE JUMPED ON A
HAND GRENADE CALLED SIN FOR US.

C. IN A WORLD WHERE LOVE IS
CONDITIONED ON SO MANY THINGS I
WANT TO TALK TODAY ABOUT ONE
WHOSE LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL.

1. HIS LOVE IS UNCONDITIONAL FOR
ALL.

2. BECAUSE HE LOVES US WE ARE
FREED UP TO LOVE OTHERS.

a. BACK IN THE 60'S THERE WAS
A GENERATION KNOWN AS
THE HIPPIE MOVEMENT.

b. THE FOCUS OF THAT
GENERATION WAS LOVE AND
PEACE.


c. UNFORTUNATELY THERE
WASN’T MUCH PEACE AND
LOVE WAS GROSSLY
MISUNDERSTOOD.

3. LOVE ISN’T FREE. IT COSTS!

D. THE BIBLE SAYS ONE OF THE
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE FRUIT OF THE
SPIRIT IS LOVE.

E. WE CAN’T LOVE AS WE SHOULD UNTIL WE
REALIZE AND ACCEPT THE FACT WE ARE
LOVED.

F. I JOHN 4:7-11 SPEAKS OF LOVE AS IT
SHOULD BE.

II. THE TRUTH. VS. 9-10.

A. OUR WORTH.

1. IF YOU BECAME THE MOST
SUCCESSFUL PERSON IN HISTORY
YOU COULD NOT INCREASE YOUR
WORTH TO GOD.

2. IF YOU BECAME THE MOST
COLOSSAL FAILURE IN HISTORY
YOU COULD NOT DIMINISH YOUR
WORTH TO GOD.

3. YOUR VALUE TO GOD IS NOT BASED
ON SUCCESS, PERFORMANCE, OR
ANYTHING ELSE OF THAT NATURE.


4. YOUR WORTH IS BASED ON THE
DYNAMIC TRUTH GOD CREATED
YOU WITH VALUE.

B. HIS WORD.

1. GOD NOT ONLY SAYS HE LOVES YOU
HE HAS PROVEN IT.

2. LOOK AT I JOHN 4:9-10 ONE MORE
TIME.

3. I JOHN 3:16 SAYS IT WELL ALSO:
“THIS IS HOW WE KNOW WHAT
LOVE IS. JESUS CHRIST LAY DOWN
HIS LIFE FOR US...”

C. HIS WORK.

1. GOD UNDERSTANDS THAT BECAUSE
OF OUR FAILURES WE CAN NEVER
PERFORM WELL ENOUGH TO
PLEASE OURSELVES OR HIM.

2. THE HARDER WE TRY THE MORE
WE FAIL.

3. BECAUSE GOD LOVES US HE ...


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