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FOUR LOVES (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
I John 4:7-8
We are discussing love. If you want to know the real
importance of love, whether you love or not determines
whether or not you go to heaven. You say, "The Lord puts
that on the word believe." But any belief that doesn't love
is not a saving belief. Demons believe in God and in
Christ, but they are lost. They never will be saved. They
do not love God. They believe He exists. They believe Jesus
is the Son of God. They obeyed the Lord Jesus Christ, but
they did not love Him. God says that love is the most
important thing in the world. I John 4:7-8, "Beloved, let
us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that
loveth is born of God. He that loveth not knoweth not God;
for God is love. " So we can know whether or not we are
born again if the chief characteristic of our lives is
love. If we do not have it, we do not know God. When you
believe in God, He comes into your heart and changes it to
a heart of love. It comes from God because God is love.
Love is the most beautiful thing in the world. If we do not
have it, it is a tremendous loss. If we have it, we ought
to be extremely happy. I want to divide this message into
four thoughts; (1) Love for Self, (2) Love for Family, (3)
Love for This World, and (4) Love for God.
"Love for Self"
First we will discuss "Love for Self." Many people draw
back from that. When I began to preach, I thought that love
for self was unusual. I thought that loving self would be
selfish and that is the opposite of what God is; therefore
we are not supposed to love ourselves. But this is where we
want to let the Word of God teach us, friends. The only
thing to do is to come to the Bible and get rid of
preconceived ideas and notions, and simply let God's Word
say what it wants to say. Time and again God tells us to
"Love thy neighbor as thyself," is a very familiar passage
from the Word of God ...
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