Love Season P1

We are in the ” Love Season “.

Of course we are speaking of spouses, friends, and people that are very close to us, and this is a special time for that.

How do we do throughout the rest of the year?

How do we do with people who are not as close to us?

Just what is the meaning of love according to God’s Word?

Love One Another . . . O’boy what a mouthful!

There are three kinds of love between mankind, (phileoœ or philos) which is friendship love and (agape) love which is God’s love and the love Jesus showed to the Father for us; also there is (Eros) sensual love which is not used in the N.T.

I just love that, man I really love grandma’s old-fashioned bake beans (you know the gas they pass) yet that is the same word we use for the love of a spouse, parent or child.

Love is a coined word, like the dollar; it has been devalued.

Jesus said…

John 13:34

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

Luke 10:27

He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’”

This is one of the hardest things we are commanded to do; to love your brother/neighbor.

1 John 4:16

And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.

God gives us love through the Holy Spirit and we are suppose to give this same love to others.

As far as humans go we generally have a hard time of it.

1 John 4:20

If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.

1 John 3:14

We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

To whom do we do this…

1 John 4:21

And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Luke 10:29

But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

So; just who is my brother / neighbor?

Luke 10:30-35

One was a priest, a Levite, and a Samaritan, the Samaritan loved his brother/neighbor and did what was necessary to help.

In that context anyone, anywhere is our brother / neighbor.

You mean to say I need to love someone like Hitler, Saddam Hussein, why? Even our government leaders at any level steal us blind and are for sale any day of the week.

Romans 13:1

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

Luke 6:27-28

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

We are to love everyone but hate the deeds and evil they do.

We are all sinners saved only by the Grace of God.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God — not by works, so that no one can boast.

1 John 1:8-9

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

If we acknowledge any sins we commit we have forgiveness.

Luke 11:1

One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.”

Luke 11:4

Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’”

Jesus told the disciples in their prayers to ask for forgiveness of their sins, yes; we all sin but we must confess, by confessing we are agreeing with God that what we did is against His Holy Nature, what He deems a sin; we also agree.

1 John 1:9

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

Yes; even though we love we still sin against our brother / neighbor and also God.

That is about love; but what else is there about “one another”?

The next segment we will look at just what does this word “love” mean.

With the love of Christ Jesus,



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