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Biblical Definition of God's Love - Part 2 (2 of 7)
Series: The Love of God
1 John 4:7-11
INTRODUCTION: ''Love is the circulatory system of the church. If the arteries of love get clogged, the church is in danger of spiritual cardiac arrest. One key evidence of spiritual maturity in our lives is the depth of our love for one another.''
David L. Allen
''The nature of Christian love is that it acts, it gives, it expresses itself toward others.''
Martin Lloyd Jones
In 1 John 4, John uses the word love to speak about three kinds of love.
God's love for us
Our love for God
Our love for one another
A Better Estimate
''But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. ''For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
In John 21 Jesus with Simon Peter on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.
John 21:15 - ''Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?'' He said to Him, Yes, Lord; you know I love You. He said to him, feed my lambs.
Loving Jesus is manifested in loving and caring for others.
Leon Morris said that ''by some accounts William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, once sent a one-word telegraph message: ''Others!'' to encourage his officers around the world. Salvation Army workers were known for their unselfish commitment to others. On May 29, 1914 the Empress of Ireland sailed with 130 Salvation Army officers on board. One hundred and nine of those officers were drowned, and not one body that was pulled up had on a life jacket. The few survivors tell how the Salvationists, finding there were not enoug ...
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