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The Love Life of a Christian (7 of 20)
Dr. Stan Coffey
I John 2:15-17
I want to continue a series of messages from I John. I'd like to speak to you from the subject, "The Christian's Love Life." I want to ask you today: how is your love life? The Christian has to have the right kind of love life in order to grow as a Christian. I think that I'll be talking to some very, very real needs in your life.
(Read I John 2:15-17)
I told you when we began this series in I John that he had several reasons for writing. Among those reasons, John says that he's writing this particular portion of the word of God to give assurance to the child of God, to help you know beyond any shadow of doubt that you're saved, that you're going to heaven when you die, that Christ is in your life.
So he writes to us saying that if a person loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. In other words, to be a Christian means you've got to have the right kind of love life; you've got to love the right world.
The Bible talks about two worlds: the world of the spirit and the world of the flesh. If you love the world of the flesh, if you love the world the Bible is talking about here, it's a sign that the love of God is not in you, that you're not really a child of God. Because to be a Christian is a love relationship; really it's falling in love with Jesus Christ. It's a love that deepens and a love that grows day by day by day by day. You just fall in love with the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; that's what being a Christian is all about. Jesus said you've got to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, with all your strength. The Christian life is a love relationship.
You cannot be in love with this world and be in love with Jesus at the same time. A lot of people try to ride the fence. They're like the fellow in the Civil War who wore a blue shirt and gray trousers, and both sides shot at him. They try to be in the world and be in Christ at the same time. The Bible says it's impossible; it says if you love the world, then you can't love God. If you love God, then you won't be loving the world. It's impossible to straddle the fence. A lot of Christians just have enough religion to make them miserable. They won't serve the Lord; they're afraid to serve the devil. So in their life there's confusion. John writes to let us know.
He writes also "that our joy might be full," literally filled full. He wants you to have fullness of joy in your life. He says that if you love the wrong world, you're not going to have fullness of joy. If in your life there is a lack of peace, a lack of purpose; if there is that struggle in your life; if there is that problem in your life; if there is that in your life that keeps you from enjoying all that God wants you to have, then it's an indication that you don't have the right kind of love life, that you're in love with this w ...
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