THE PROOF THAT ONE REALLY LOVES GOD Youth Service

LOVE ONE ANOTHER

I JOHN  3:10-17

INTRODUCTION

The third test that we really love God is love to others. Since God is love, it is absolutely impossible to love God and not love one another .

Let us learn.

I. LOVE REVEALS ONE’S TRUE NATURE .(v10)

  • The one thing that shows that one is either a child of God or of the devil is LOVE.
  • A person who does not live a righteous life is not of God.
  • A person who does not live a pure and holy life is not of God.
  • A person who does not love his brother / sister is not of God.
  • The person who mistreats, abuse, ignores, neglects or takes advantage of his / her brother /sister is not of God. (Rom.13:8-10)

II. LOVE IS AN ETERNAL MESSAGE FROM GOD. (V.11)

  • Love is the message heard from the beginning of time.
  • The message is “LOVE ONE ANOTHER”

III. LOVE DOES NOT PERSECUTE     OTHERS (v.12-13)

  • Love does not persecute the righteous.
  • Cain committed the very first murder on earth.
  • Cain killed his own brother Abel (Gen.4:1-15)
  • A person who truly loves his brother will not: Criticize, backbite, censor, spread rumors, downgrade, attack, abuse, gossip, envy, oppose, hurt, destroy, murder, dislike and hate. (John15:12, 13:8-10)
  • If we love Christ, then the world will persecute us. (Matt.24:9, Luke 6:22-23, 21:17)

IV. LOVE IS THE PROOF THAT ONE HAS PASSED FROM DEATH TO LIFE (v.14)

  • The death spoken here is Spiritual and Eternal death.
  • Love is the proof that we have passed from death over into life.

V. LOVE DOES NOT HATE (v.15)

  • The person that hates his brother is a murderer. (Matt.5:21-22)
  • Love is the only security against hate.
  • A hater is a murderer and no murderer has eternal life. (I John 4:20-21)

VI. LOVE IS THE PROOF THAT ONE UNDERSTANDS THE LOVE OF CHRIST. (v.16)

Jesus Christ laid down His life for us;

  • When we were without strength (Rom 5:6)
  • When we were ungodly (Rom 5:6)
  • When we were sinners (Rom 5:8)
  • When we were enemies of God, rebelling, cursing, neglecting, ignoring, denying and rejecting God. (Rom.5:10)

VII. LOVE HAS COMPASSION AND GIVES TO MEET THE NEED OF OTHERS. (v.17)

  • Love gives the necessities of life to those in need.
  • We live in a very desperate world, needs are everywhere (Church, home, school, street, country, region, continent and world) (Acts 20:35, I Tim.6:17-19)

 

CONCLUSION.

¨ Loving other people is the proof that we love God.

¨ Giving to the material needs of others is a higher proof that we are children of God.

¨ Do we really love God this way ?

 

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Rev, Dr. Willy Mutiso is the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Athiriver. He is widely known for his practical and dynamic teaching style which helps people apply the timeless truths of Scripture to their everyday lives.

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