Loading Player...

1 John 4:7-21">1 John 4:7-21 (New American Standard Updated)

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.

15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this, love is perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment; because as He is, so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love. 19 We love, because He first loved us. 20 If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for the one who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from Him, that the one who loves God should love his brother also.

I.         ______ ______ are created in the image of God, and the way we

            treat them reflects our attitude towards ______.

26 Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. - Genesis 1:26-27">Gen 1:26-27 NASU

34 "Then the King will say to those on His right, 'Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  35 'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in;  36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.'  37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink?  38 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You?  39 'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'  40 "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.' - Matthew 25:34-40">Matt 25:34-40NASU

II.       Love is the ______ that we ______ to God.

34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  35 "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." - John 13:34-35">John 13:34-35 NASU

12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.  13 "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. - John 15:12-13">John 15:12-13 NASU

17 "This I command you, that you love one another. - John 15:17">John 15:17 NASU

3 By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 9 The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now. 10 The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes. -1 John 2:3">1 John 2:3, 9-11 NASU

III.      Love is commanded towards ______.

43 "You have heard that it was said, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.'  44 "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  46 "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?  47 "If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?  48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. - Matthew 5:43-48">Matt 5:43-48 NASU

27 "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,  28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. - Luke 6:27-28">Luke 6:27-28

14 Let all that you do be done in love. -1 Corinthians 16:14">1 Cor 16:14 NASU

IV.       Love is the ______ of the ______.

8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, "YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET," and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. - Romans 13:8-10">Rom 13:8-10 NASU

V.        Love will be severely ______ as the ______ draws ______.

4 And Jesus answered and said to them, "See to it that no one misleads you.  5 "For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am the Christ,' and will mislead many.  6 "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end.  7 "For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes.  8 "But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. 9 "Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.  10 "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.  11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many.  12 "Because lawlessness is increased, most people's love will grow cold.  13 "But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.  14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

- Matthew 24:4-14">Matt 24:4-14 NASU

7 The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer. 8 Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

-1 Peter 4:7-8">1 Peter 4:7-8 NASU

Galatians 3:26-29">Gal 3:26-29 NASU

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's descendants, heirs according to promise.