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The Enemies of the Love of God (5 of 7)
Series: The Love of God
1 John 3:10-15
INTRODUCTION: Last Sunday the message developed into a ''Shoe Leather Christianity'' type of sermon. It attempted to answer the question, ''What will the ''Love of God'' look like in our lives? John mentions several specific ways that the love of God will become real in our lives through the new birth.
There is a new book out by a friend entitled
The Original Jesus. One review said, ''this book presents a Jesus who is different than we would have chosen, but better than we could ever have imagined.'' This is also true of the love of God. The Bible defines it better than we can ever attempt to.
2 Corinthians 3:2-3
''You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read by all men; clearly you are an epistle of Christ, ministered by us, written not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of flesh, that is, of the heart.''
The best testimony of the operative (it works) love of God in an individual's life is a transformed life. This transformed life is like an open letter that could be seen and read by others that testified to the truth of the gospel.
John will once again use the ministry of contrast to speak of the love of God. He will contrast between the Family of Satan and the Family of God. The Family of God will exhibit (display) God's love through righteous character. The Family of Satan will not display God's love but rather their sinful nature.
In this contrast, I believe there is a lack of level of spiritual maturity in some lives that displays its weakness in the lack of genuine love for others. We may display God's love in action (Shoe Leather Christianity), we may be indifferent, we may display hatred, or we may display murder.
My prayer is that the Lord would use this message to reveal the depths of our hearts. Where is our focus, what is our motive, and clearly display our attitude.
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