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The Practical Demonstration of God's Love (3 of 7)
Series: The Love of God
1 John 4:12-16
INTRODUCTION: Edgar Guest has a poem entitled ''Sermons We See.''
''I'd rather see a sermon than
hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with
me than merely tell the way.
The eye's a better pupil and
more willing than the ear,
Fine counsel is confusing,
but example's always clear;
And the best of all the preachers
are the men who live their creeds,
For to see good put in action
is what everybody needs.''
To understand the love we are to have for one another, we must not miss the truth of 1 John 4:12 ''His love.'' The love that you have as a born again person is no mere imitation of the divine love. It is an experience of the divine love and an extension of that love to others.
When you are saved (born again), God Himself is imparted to you. He dwells in you and sheds abroad in your heart His love.
In 1 John 4:7-11 we see:
The Love of God originated with the Father.
The Love of God manifested with the Son.
The Love of God Perfected in His Family.
The greatest Revelation of God's Love is Jesus Christ in the flesh.
The second greatest Revelation of God's Love is Jesus Christ manifesting His love through His family.
I. The Practical Illustration of God's Love 12
What does God invisibility have to do with love?
Your Love For Others Displays God Is
When we love one another, we put God on display. The unseen God reveals Himself through the visible love of believers.
The love that originated in God and was manifested in His Son is now demonstrated in His family.
The world will not believe that God loves sinners until they see His love at work in His family.
Your Love For Others Demonstrates God
Abides In You
When real love, agape, God's love abides in believers, their loving actions and attitudes make the invisible God visible to the world.
''Jesus answered and said to him, ' ...
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