1 John 3:13-18 Authentic Love.doc
Intro.: Johnís letter has been compared to a spiral staircase because he keeps on returning to the same 3 topics Love, obedience, truth
C) It is like looking at a painting that has incredible detail in it / each time you look at it/ you noticing something else
1) that only enhances what the artist was seeking to portray & communicate.
E) In showing us that our love is to be in deed & in truth/ not just in words
It doesnít take much effort to tell someone "I love you"
very blessed by such actions that reveal our true heart !
The story is told of a desert wanderer who found a crystal spring of fresh water. The water was so pure he decided to bring some to his king.
Barely satisfying his own thirst, he filled a leather bottle with the clear liquid and carried it many days beneath the desert sun before he reached the palace.
When he finally laid his offering at the feet of the King the water had become stale and rank due to the old container in which it had been stored.
But the king would not let his faithful subject even imagine that it was unfit for use. He tasted it with expressions of gratitude and delight, and sent away the loyal heart filled with gladness.
After he had gone, others sampled it and expressed their surprise that the king had even pretended to enjoy it. "Ah!" said he, "it was not the water I tasted, but the love that prompted the offering."
I believe this is true w/ the Lord Many times our service is marked by multiplied imperfections, but the Master looks at our motives and says "It is good."
If you are taking notes today there are 3 main things I want us to see today as from this passage as John expands the picture of the command to Love !
B) 3rd He Gives some Practical insights for our lives in showing us how the love that we are to have for each other is to be in action!
C) John begins here in verse 13 by making an unusual statement Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. We live in a world of Hate !
1) There is hatred between the nations of the world . One nation fights against another nation / murder & killings are the result !
F) Shares it again here in v. 14,15 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
How can you know that you are in fellowship w/ God?- answer: more than anything else, you will love!
1) Not your church attendance or your knowledge of the scriptures / not your many gifts / ( w/out love they are all nothing - noisy gong )
Bb) So love is to be the defining mark of the Christian Life ! Why ?
Romans - love of God has been shed abroad in our hearts by the H.S.
1)And Paul tells us in Gal. Ch. 5 that the fruit of spirit! = LoveÖ/ Breakdown
John makes a very heavy statement here ! / Person who walks w/ Christ abides in love! Abides in life
Bb) And John points out that the person who knows the Lord will not live in an Habitual state of sin ! Here the sin in focus is the sin of Hatred
D)But John says here in v. 14-15 Hatred un dealt w/ in the life of a person is evidence that they either do not know God or are not in fellowship w/ God
1st step toward actual physical murder is to allow hatred to live in your heart! (Absolom w/ Ammon led to murder)
Justice needs to be served ! And our Lord Jesus quietly answers back
E) But Jesus said I paid the price, for the sins of all the world & I paid it in full , meaning it was totally complete So you need to love & forgive !
1) Prov 10:12 - Hatred stirs up strife /but love covers all sins
F) Matt 5:43,44 You have heard it said love neighbor & hate your enemy
But I say to you love your enemies & do good to those who hate you /Pray for those who persecute you
So our lives are to be marked by love! What kind of love? 2ndly V.16
Answer is THELove of Christ/ John Says in this you know love!
1st - Who did He love? Enemies / loved those who hated Him
2nd - When did He love? When we were at our worst!
A) 400 years before John B. "Silent years" - no prophet in Israel
Man was far from God - not seeking God!
C) He loved us when we were at our worst !
3rd - How did He love? With His whole life - he laid down His life!
V.16b - John says - He laid down His life for us - example - we should lay down our lives for the brethren
B)That is what God seeks to do in our lives as we abide in Him / abide in His love
In January 1981, Colombian rebels kidnapped Chet Bitternman, shot him, and left his body in a hijacked bus.Imagine how his parents and loved ones must have felt at the senseless death of this young man!
But in April 1982, as a demonstration of international good will, the churches and civic groups of Bitterman's native area, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, gave an ambulance to the State of Meta in Colombia, where their Son Chet had been killed.
Bitterman's parents traveled to Colombia for the presentation of the ambulance. At the ceremony his mother explained, "We are able to do this because God has taken the hatred from our hearts."
Consider these insights from Corrie Ten Boom
She shares this true story in her book, The Hiding Place:
It was a church service in Munich that I saw him, the former nazi solider who had stood guard at the shower room door in the processing center at Ravensbruck.
He was the first of our actual jailers that I had seen since that time. And suddenly it was all there -- the roomful of mocking men, the heaps of clothing,& my sister Betsie's pain-filled face.
He came up to me as the church was emptying, beaming and bowing. he said "How grateful I am for your message, Fraulein,". "To think that, as you say, He has washed my sins away!"
His hand was thrust out to shake mine. And I, who had preached so often to the people in Bloemendaal the need to forgive, kept my hand at my side.
Even as the angry, vengeful thoughts boiled through me, I saw the sin of them. Jesus Christ had died for this man; was I going to ask for more? Lord Jesus, I prayed, forgive me and help me to forgive him.
I tried to smile, I struggled to raise my hand. I could not. I felt nothing, not the slightest spark of warmth or charity. And so again I breathed a silent prayer. Jesus, I cannot forgive him. Give me Your forgiveness.
As I took his hand the most incredible thing happened. From my shoulder along my arm and through my hand a current seemed to pass from me to him, while into my heart sprang a love for this stranger that almost overwhelmed me.
And so I discovered that it is not on our forgiveness any more than on our goodness that the world's healing hinges, but itís His. When He tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself.
John says - He laid down His life for us - example - we should lay down our lives for the brethren Commandments are His enablements
3rd thing we want to see isAs we come to v.17 - see John gets very practical
That is the kind of thing John means - love in action! To love this way will cost you!
B)money- I read the other day of a teenage boy in Jr. High who bought his girlfriend an Rose . It was the first Rose he had ever bought and the first one she had ever received. There was a card with the flower that it read, "With all my love, and most of my allowance."
C)To love this way will also mean you will be inconvenienced ! Not something you put on a schedule ! Classic example of this seen Parable of good Samaritan:
B) In the story the Religious guys - passed by - words but no love
Charles Schwab American Industrialist "We become vulnerable when we love people and go out of our way to help them.",but if you want to steer away from trouble, be hard-boiled. Be quick with a good loud no to anyone and everyone. If you follow this rule, you will seldom be bothered as you tread life's pathway. Except you'll have no friends, you'll be lonely, and you won't have any fun!" Schwab had made his point -- love may bring heartache, but it's worth it!
C. S. Lewis: To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly be broken. But If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one, Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your own selfishness. But in that casket -- safe, dark, motionless, airless -- it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.... The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers of love... is Hell. The choice is yours
As Christians / as followers of Jesus We are called to a life of self sacrificing love that was modeled by our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ !
A) A love that He supplies to us as we abide in Him / a love that loves not just w/ words but in deed & truth in action !
Does loving the way Jesus did - in deed & truth, action - mean we wink at sin? No!
1) It is that attitude that looks at others & remembers that except for the grace of God there go I
1) That they are people wandering around like sheep w/ out a shepherd
Remembering that He has left us here to be Light to a world that is lost & in the dark ! And to be salt - to have a preserving , healing & flavor enhancing affect
upon our world !
And the World will see these things & Know that we are his disciples by our Love
Lord empower us to love ! Give us the courage to obey Your Command & receive the power only you can produce in us !