by Harley Howard

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1st John Chapter 3
Part 3 of 5
Dr. Harley Howard

1st John 3:1-3. What a great Love!!

1. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of
God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it
knew him not.

God's love is so remarkable that words and expressions
of the heart could not even begin to unveil the
greatness and beauty of it. Much of what so many
people believe about God's love is so distorted that
it is nothing short of sinful. One glaring example is
the fact that many, many people, both unsaved and
those professing Christianity, have turned God's love
into license to commit sinful acts, with God always
understanding the heart and weakness of the
individual, with no residual chastening or righteous
response from God. Unsaved people know nothing about
the love of God. It is a waste of time to even listen
to them talk about it. But for a professing believer
to live before others and to speak to others with the
impression that God's love somehow justifies sinful
behavior, or that somehow or another that God's love
for me will bypass the chastening process of God is
absolutely absurd. In fact, it is the chastening
process that proves that God loves us. The love of
God does not give license to sin, nor does it condone
or cover sin up, nor does it give any professing
believer the right to tell others that it does.
Contrary to all of that, John states that it is God's
love that calls us into sonship with the Father and
the Son. Again, let me emphasize that the Christian
has a love relationship with the Father and the Son.
It is a love relationship that was instigated by God
and not ourselves.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should
not perish, but have everlasting life.

Romans 5:8
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while
we were ...

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