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Perfect Love For Imperfect People (4 of 6)
Series: Live Like Jesus
I John 3:10-24
Intro: In the last section of Scripture we covered, I John 3:1-9, we explored the lavish love of God. This magnificent love of God is unconditional, unrestrained, an abundant outpouring on all people undeserving of such love. The love of God is rich and pure, beyond any human love we could ever experience. Now, father John instructs us to take this lavish love of God and lavish it upon others. Romans 5:5 says, "Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us." Now we are to take the same love that Jesus has revealed to us and show it to others.
John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
John 13:34-35 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
There was a mom and dad with a son who was a freshman in college. He blew off his freshman year, wasn't very responsible, didn't make good grades, squandered his money, and finally came back home. His parents told him, "If you go back to school, you'll have to pay your own way." So he had to work that summer and did not go on the family vacation, which was part of his punishment. The family went to Greece that year, and the mom sent him a postcard, saying, "Dear Son, today we stood on the mountains where ancient Spartan women sacrificed their defective children. Wish you were here."
I. COMMANDED TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER
A. COMMANDED TO LOVE LIKE JESUS
I John 3:11, 14, 16, 17, 18, 23
1. "Love" used here is agape, the God kind of love, the love that God must give us so that we can give this love to others. Love is a direction of the will, not emotion-driven. One makes a decision to love, to demonstrate love with selfless actions.
2. Love like Jesus ...
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