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Contrasting Love and Hate (8 of 14)
Series: The Book of 1 John
1 John 3:11-26
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week, we considered John's discussion concerning the differences between God's children and the devil's children. Look again at (vv. 8, 9), He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
Look at the conclusion in (vs. 10): In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
This evening, we pick up the remaining verses in chapter 3, with another distinction or characteristic of Christianity-the love for a brother. (Vs. 11) says, ''For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.''
HYMN: The hymn writer calls our attention to the Christian family in the song, ''The Family of God'':
You will notice we say ''brother and sister'' 'round here,
It's because we're a family and these are so near;
When one has a heartache, we all share the tears,
And rejoice in each victory in this family so dear.
I'm so glad I'm a part of the Family of God, I've been washed in the fountain, cleansed by His Blood! Joint heirs with Jesus as we travel this sod, For I'm part of the family, The Family of God
Let's look at two things:
I. What Hate Produces
II. What Love Produces
I. WHAT HATE PRODUCES
Keep in mind, John is spending quite a bit of time distinguishing between the saved and the unsaved-the professor and the possessor. The overriding theme of
I John is, ''How do we really know whether or not a man is saved?''
Some of the statements we often hear are things like:
a. ''No one can really know whether or not man i ...
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