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Why is It So Important to Love Others? (7 of 12)
1 John 3:11-24
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers (v. 16).
In 1 John, we find three tests that expose false Christians and reassure true Christians (i.e., someone who has eternal life). One of these tests is the social test. To pass the social test, we must love others. (Loving others doesn't make us Christians. But loving others does give us evi-dence that we are Christians.)
[Read 1 John 3:11-24.]
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Have you ever caught yourself saying something that your dad always used to say when you were a kid? A couple of my dad's favorite sayings were (and still are) ''The squeaky wheel gets the grease'' and ''Walk in there like you own the place.'' Probably you can think of a few sayings that your father liked to say. Here are some popular dad sayings.
''Do you think I'm made of money?''
''Money doesn't grow on trees.''
''Were you brought up in a barn?''
''When I was your age….''
''A little hard work never hurt anyone.''
''You'll learn someday.''
The apostle John thought of himself as a father to his readers. Several times he calls them his ''little children'' (e.g., v. 18). One of his favorite sayings was ''Love one another.'' In verse 11, he writes, ''For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another'' (v. 11).
It might be annoying to here the same sayings over and over again, but usually there is some wisdom behind a dad saying. For example, dads say ''Where you brought up in a barn?'' because it's wise to close the door when you're entering or exiting your house. My kids often neglect to close our back door, and this is probably the reason why we've had some mice in our house.
Why is it so important to love others?
THE IMPORTANCE OF LOVING OTHERS
In this passage, we find two reasons why it's import ...
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