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Christian Love

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Lesson

The letter we call 1 John is primarily about love. We have been loved by God, and so we should love others as well. Love is not  some simplistic emotion but it involves action: God loved us and therefore sent his Son. Love is the giving of oneself for the benefit of the other.

Outline

I. Believers (“Beloved”) are called to love one another – 4:7-8

A. Supremacy to the command to love

B. World would water it down to something resembling “sentimentality”

C. Church often does the same thing

D. Why John insists that love is defined, first and foremost, by God

E. No place for a mystical definition of love

II. John calls us once again to love as God loves – 4:11

A. Love begins with God

B. Ultimately, God’s love flows through us to others

C. God’s love must flow through us

D. What does it look like for God’s love to flow through us? Number One and Two

E. What does it look like for God’s love to flow through us? Number Three

F. What does it look like for God’s love to flow through us? Number Four

G. John sees the world in black and white

III. “Love is the giving of oneself for the benefit of the other”

A. Not easy

B. Ignore the message because the language is so strong

C. Do you really love others?