by Wayne Hinson

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Love Came Calling to Mankind (1 of 5)
Series: Love Came Calling
Wayne Hinson
John 3:16; Romans 5:8

I. The Nature Of The Love
A) An Unforgettable Knock On The Door
1. The Sound Of The Knock
2. The Suddenness Of The Knock
B) An Unearned Kindness In The Delivery
1. Sensitive To Our Condition
2. Sourceful To Our Conviction
3. Saving To Our Conversion
C) An Unlimited Kinship In The Demonstration
1. The Son
2. The Sibling
3. The Saints
II. The Nucleus Of The Love
A) The Inner Core
B) The Inclusive Content
C) The Incredible Christ
1. Jesus Is The Eternal Son
2. Jesus Is The Exhibited Savior

Webster defines love as ''an intense affection for another person based on familiar or personal ties''. In today's society, more often than not, this intense affection stems from a sexual attraction, that makes us feel good. Notice that the dictionary definition contained the words ''based on'', which implies that our love is based upon conditions. From this, we can draw the conclusion that our love is because a person fulfills a conditional requirement that is important to us. Without meeting that requirement, then we tend not to love. This amounts to a ''I love you because'' type of love. As we begin to deal seriously with the love of God, the very first and basic foundation that we must lay, is that God's love is unconditional. This truth is based upon the fact that God is love. There is no ''because'' in His love. He does not love just when He wants to. He always wants to, because He is love. Man can have this love, feel this love, give and know this love, but man is not love. Man can only love in two basic ways, which are: the ''I love you because'' type of love, or the ''It makes me feel good'' type of love. While these two types of love are characteristic of man, they are completely foreign to the nature of God. God does not love us because we are lovable or deserving, nor does He love us because we make Him feel good. The Bible tells us ...

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