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HOW TO LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
Intro: Our world is a harsh place to live. For the most part, people live a “dog eat dog existence. The way of the world is to put self first, love self and provide for self. Some natural men may display genuine love and concern for their fellow man, but most are genuinely wrapped up in self. That is the way of the world.
Bible is clear that the way of the Christian is to be vastly different from the
way of the world. We are taught in the
Bible that genuine love for the brethren is our calling card,
The passage before us today reveals the truth that believers are to love the brethren, 3:11. He goes in to tell us that our love one for another is one of the strongest proofs that we are saved, 3:14-15. The verses we have read today tell us that if our love is all that it should be, it will display itself in three clear, easily seen ways. Let me show you from these verses what genuine, God-like love is. These three characteristics of love teach us all we need to know about How To Love Thy Neighbor.
A. Cain sets the
biblical example of what self love is all about. Gen. 4:8. Jesus, on the
other hand sets the standard for loving others.
He loved us as much as is possible.
He loved us so much that while we were still His enemies, He died for
B. The Bible is
trying to tell us that genuine God-like love knows no boundaries and sets no
limits. It draws no lines. It never says, “This far and no farther! True love is love without limits! If I really love you then no sacrifice is too
C. Genuine love is
clearly described in
II. v. 17 BROTHERLY LOVE IS EXPENSIVE
A. Again, if we want
to see what love will do, then look no farther than
B. That is what love
is all about. It does not hold anything
back, but it meets needs wherever it finds them. Now, if you do not know about a need and do
not have the resources to meet that need, you are not condemned. But, when you know and you can do something,
you are obligated to reach out in the name of Jesus and do all you can to help,
C. We need to remember that has given us everything we have in life so that we might use it for His glory. It might be money, materials or moments of time. He can and will use it all, if we make it available to Him.
III. v. 18 BROTHERLY LOVE IS EXPRESSIVE
A. Genuine love
doesn’t just talk, it acts. Without
B. Real love might be
manifested by meeting a material need.
It might be manifested by lending a helping hand or a listening
ear. There are countless ways in which
we can show the reality of our love for the brethren. The bottom line here is this: Real love does
more than simply talk, it acts! (
Conc: So, how’s your love life? As a church family and as individuals, we need to heed the message in these verses. Can we honestly say that we love others as we should? Can we honestly say that we are meeting needs, lifting burdens and loving like Jesus? If we want to be all that He has saved us to be, then we must learn to love like He does, Gal. 6:2.