LOVE 101, PART 5

Here it is. The final segment.

THE HOW

How does God/Christ show their love for us?

  • By giving His only begotten son      John 3:16
  • It’s impartial and takes care of the less fortunate       Deuteronomy 10:17-18
  • Jesus loves us just like God loves him.       John 15:9
  • By having Christ die for us even while we were still sinners       Romans 5:8
  • Jesus laid down His life for us       1 John 3:16
  • God sent His son for us to have life       1 John 4:9-10

How should we love God?

  • With ALL of our heart, mind, soul and strength       Deuteronomy 6:5, Matthew 22:37, Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27
  • Delightfully       Psalm 37:4
  • By fearing Him, walking in all His ways, serving Him with all of our heart and soul, keeping His commands, statutes and ordinances             Deuteronomy 10:12-13, 11:1
  • Abiding in His love       John 15:9

 

How should we love others?

  • As ourselves             Matthew 22:39, Mark 12:31, Luke 10:27
  • By laying down our lives for them      John 15:13, 1 John 3:16b
  • Through our deeds       1 John 3:18
  • Just as Jesus loved us, a Christ-like love       John 15:12
  • Loving even your enemies selflessly and sacrificially, as well as those who take advantage of you. Do good and lend without expecting anything in return.       Luke 6:27-35
  • Without being hypocritical       Romans 12:9
  • Fervently with a sincere heart       1 Peter 1:22
  • Like Jonathan loved David, as much as his own life       1 Samuel 20:17

How big and great is love?

  • A marital love should be as strong as death, unable to be quenched and priceless.     Song of Solomon 8:6-7
  • God’s love is forever secure and impossible to be separated from us.       Romans 8:35-39

Food for thought.

  1. How much of you heart, soul, mind and strength does God really have? All? Or just the portions you’ve designated for Him?
  2. How can we “lay down” our lives for others? By sacrificing our time and energy? Giving up finances? Putting aside our own selfishness and feelings?
  3. How can you love both God and others better this week?

Just sit back and try to take in The Love of God.

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LOVE 101, PART 4

THE WHY

 Why does God love us?

  • Because He IS love      1 John 4:8
  • So that we may live through Jesus      1 John 4:9
  • Because He is faithful and made a promise to keep his love to those who love Him and keep His commandments      Deuteronomy 7:7-9
  • Because He is our creator and we were created FOR Him      Colossians 1:16

Why should we love God?

  • Because He first loved us      1 John 4:19
  • Because we will then receive His crown of life      James 1:12
  • Because He hears our voices and our cries to Him      Psalm 116:1
  • Because we have been redeemed with the precious blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ His son      1 Peter 1:18-19

Why should we love others?

  • Because God so loved us (sin and all)      1 John 4:11

  • Because everything is for not if we don’t have love      1 Corinthians 13:1-3
  • Because it is the greatest of all      1 Corinthians 13:13
  • Because it covers a multitude of sins and transgressions      Proverbs 10:13; 1 Peter 4:8
  • Because it creates unity      Colossians 3:14
  • Because God will not forget the love you have shown to others       Hebrews 6:10
  • So others will see and know that we are Christ’s disciples      John 13:35

Food for thought.

  1. Why have you not been loving God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength? What’s taking His place?
  2. Why do we pick and choose whom to show love to based on our feelings and circumstances when God chooses to still love us impartially despite our partiality?

 

O how I love Jesus because He first loved me!

LOVE 101, PART 3

THE WHEN

 When did God love us?

  • From of old     Psalm 25:6
  • First      1 John 4:19
  • From everlasting to everlasting      Psalm 103:17, Jeremiah 31:3
  • Even while we were still sinners      Romans 5:8

When do we start loving God?

  • After He loved us first      1 John 4:19
  • After His Holy Spirit is poured out on us      Romans 5:5

When do we love others?

  • At all times      Proverbs 17:7
  • Even after being wronged 70×7 times because love holds no record of wrong      Matthew 18:21-22, 1 Corinthians 13:5
  • Even when they don’t love us back   Hosea 3:1

 

THE WHERE

 Where does love come from?

  • God      1 John 4:7

Where is God’s love?

  • Surrounding His people      Psalm 125:2
  • Perfected in us      1 John 4:12
  • Abiding in us as believers      1 John 4:16

Where are we to love others?

  • In all we do      1 Corinthians 16:14
  • In service to them      Galatians 5:13

Food for thought.

  1. When was the last time you thanked God for His love?
  2. When was the last time you told Him you loved him too?
  3. Where is God’s love reflected most in your life? The least?
  4. Where have you seen God’s love demonstrated this week?

 

LOVE 101, PART 2

THE WHAT

What does God’s love look like?

  • It’s the sacrifice of His only begotten son for the world.    John 3:16
  • It’s Jesus giving himself up for as an offering, sacrifice and fragrant aroma to God.     Ephesians 5:2
  • It’s joyful, calming and He’s excited about it.    Zephaniah 3:17
  • It pardons iniquity, does not retain anger forever and is unchanging.    Micah 7:18
  • It’s bigger, greater and stronger than anything. It cannot be taken from us.    Romans 8:38-39
  • It’s a Father to child love.    1 John 3:1
  • It’s Him sending His son to be the propitiation for our sins so we might live through Him.    1 John 4: 9-10

What should our love look like?

  • It’s loving God and loving others.    Mark 12:30-31
  • It keeps God’s word.    1 John 2:5
  • It’s loving God, not the world or things of the world.    1 John 2:15
  • It’s fearing God, walking in His ways, loving Him and serving Him.    Deuteronomy 10:12
  • It does no wrong to a neighbor.    Romans 13:10
  • It should be patient, kind and rejoices with truth. It bears, believes, hopes and endures all things. It is never failing.    1 Corinthians 13:4-8
  • It edifies.    1 Corinthians 8:1

Food for thought.

  1. What do you love most about God’s love for you?
  2. What can you do to show love to God?
  3. What part of biblical love is most difficult for you to practice? And how can you challenge yourself to love more like Christ in that area?

Loving is hard. Loving biblically is even harder. But when we let our hearts be consumed with God’s love for us, we will naturally begin to love others in the same way.

 

Love 101, Part 1

As I began my quiet time last week I was planning to start studying 1 John, but then God led me elsewhere. Love became the focus. God’s love for us, as well as our love for God and others. So what better way to find out more about a subject matter than to ask these basic questions: WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, WHY, and HOW.

THE WHO

Who is love?

  • God is love.        1 John 4:8,16

Who does God love?

  • The world                John 3:16
  • Israel                        2 Chronicles 9:8
  • Us                              Ephesians 2:4-6; 1 John 4:10-11
  • You                            John 6:27
  • A cheerful giver     2 Corinthians 9:7
  • The church              Ephesians 5:25

Who are we to love?

  • The Lord our God      Mark 12:30, Deut. 6:5, Joshua 23:11
  • Our neighbors (as ourselves)     Mark 12:28-31
  • One another       John 15:12, Matthew 13:34-35, 1 John 4:7,  1 John 3:11
  • The neglected, abused and ones taken advantage of (Example of Good Samaritan)                        Luke 10:30-37
  • Your enemy                Romans 12:20
  • Husbands: your wives     Ephesians 5:25, 28
  • Your brother               1 John 4:21
  • Foreigners                   Leviticus 19:33-34

Food for thought.

  1. Who do you love most? God? Family? Self?
  2. Who do you love to love?
  3. Who are you refusing or neglecting to love?
  4. Who is God calling you to love that is in desparate need of an act of love?

The greatest commandment (Mark 12:30-31) can be summed up in five words.

LOVE GOD AND LOVE PEOPLE.