3 Introduction the Book of Love “Love” used 676 time in NASB360 times in the New TestamentWhere do we go?Matthew 24:12I Thessalonians 4:9Titus 2:2-4We must learn to love
4 Mankind : Mankind Importance 7 times Christ tells us to love our neighbors or love our enemiesMatthew 5:43, 44, 46Matthew 19:19Matthew 22:39Mark 12:31John 13:34…and others
5 Mankind : Mankind To fulfill the Law Love includes:1 Corinthians 8:1Galatioans 5:13Ephesians 4:2Ephesians 4:16The ‘royal law’ (James 2:8)
6 Mankind : Mankind Who should we love “Neighbor”Enemies“Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the King” (I Peter 4:8)
7 Mankind : Mankind JohnI John 2:10 – Abide in the Light, no cause for stumblingI John 3:11 – Message from the beginningI John 3:14 – “He who does not love abides in death”I John 3:23 – Believe in Jesus and love one another
8 Mankind : Mankind John I John 4:7-21 Everyone who loves is born of God and knows GodAnyone without love knows not GodHis only Son sent because He loves usIf God loved us, so ought we love one another
9 Mankind : Mankind John I John 4:7-21 (cont.) Abide in love abide in God God abides in him“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.”
10 Mankind : God The Greatest Commandment Matthew 22:37 – with all your soul, mindMark 12:30 – with all your heart, soul, mind, strengthApplies to Christ, not just the FatherI Corinthians 16:22Ephesians 6:24
11 Mankind : God Greatest Commandment Must make a choiceMatthew 6:24 – Cannot have 2 mastersMatthew 10:37 – Love him moreI John 2:15 – “If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him”What does it mean to love God?John 5:37-47 – If you don’t love God, you don’t accept Christ
12 Mankind : God What is love of God John 8:42 – “‘If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I proceeded forth and have come from God, for I have not even come on My own initiative, but He sent Me’”Believing God = loving God
13 Mankind : God What is love of God John 14:15If you love Me, you will keep My commandmentsJohn 14:21He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to himJohn 14:23If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.
14 Mankind : God What is love of God John 14:24He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent MeI John 2:5Whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him
15 Mankind : God What is love of God I John 5:2-3By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.II John 1:6And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments … just as you have heard from the beginning
16 Mankind : God What is love of God As usual, we see that Christ himself set the example for usJohn 14:31 – “…but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me.”John 15:10 – “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
17 The Book of Love Conclusions The Bible is God’s Word, and God is love.It tells the story of how God loves us… and how he set a plan to save us from eternal punishment
18 The Book of Love Conclusions If you love God, you will hear is wordsIf you love God, you will obey his commandmentsThese commands are NOT burdensomeMatthew 11: "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light."
19 The Book of Love Conclusions If you love God and keep his commandments, you will be savedJohn 3: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”
20 The Book of Love Conclusions If you love God and keep his commandments, you will be savedI John 4:18 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.