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Divine Responsibility of the Love of God (4 of 7)
Series: The Love of God
1 John 3:16-18
INTRODUCTION: In 1 John 4:11 we see the word ''ought.'' ''we ought to love one another.'' The point of the incarnation is imitation. God loved us. We look at how He did it and we do it too. We're obliged to; natural expectation, logical consequence, what is expected, moral obligation.
Remember: 1 John 4:7-8
1 John 4:7-8
''Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.''
''When He says, ''we ought to love each other,'' He means ''ought'' the way a fish ought to swim in water and birds ought to fly in the air. The way peaches ought to be sweet and lemons ought to be sour.'' John Piper
It's who we are. This is not mere imitation. For the children of God, imitation becomes realization. We are realizing who we are when we love. God's seed is in us, God's Spirit is in us, God's nature is in us. God's love is being perfected in us.
Therefore 1 John 3:16-18 speaks of what
D. L. Moody called ''Shoe Leather Christianity.'' Here the rubber meets the road. John is saying that love must be demonstrated in the Christian life. Remember, you can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.
GOD'S LOVE GIVES ME SOMETHING TO
There is the external impulse of seeing in history the Son of God laying down His life for us and constraining us in this way. But what's unique about the Christian life is that there is also the internal impulse that comes from being born again and having the very love that sent the Son into the world pulsing through our soul by the life of God within. The new birth enables us to experience the manifestation of God's love in history as an internal reality of God's Spirit within us.
The new birth creates the connection between God's love for us and our love for each other.
QUESTION: How ...
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