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Lesson Nine
John 159-12
John 159-12 9 As the Father hath loved me, so
have I loved you continue ye in my love. 10 If
ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my
love even as I have kept my Fathers
commandments, and abide in his love. 11 These
things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might
remain in you, and that your joy might be
full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one
another, as I have loved you.
John 1513-15
John 1513-15 13 Greater love hath no man than
this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do
whatsoever I command you. 15 Henceforth I call
you not servants for the servant knoweth not
what his lord doeth but I have called you
friends for all things that I have heard of my
Father I have made known unto you.
John 1516-17
John 1516-17 16 Ye have not chosen me, but I
have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should
go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain that whatsoever ye shall ask of
the Father in my name, he may give it you. 17
These things I command you, that ye love one
I John 27-9
I John 27-9 7 Brethren, I write no new
commandment unto you, but an old commandment
which ye had from the beginning. The old
commandment is the word which ye have heard from
the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write
unto you, which thing is true in him and in you
because the darkness is past, and the true light
now shineth. 9 He that saith he is in the light,
and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until
I John 210-11
I John 210-11 10 He that loveth his brother
abideth in the light, and there is none occasion
of stumbling in him. 11 But he that hateth his
brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness,
and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that
darkness hath blinded his eyes.
Focus Verse
John 1334-35 A new commandment I give unto you,
That ye love one another as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another. By this shall all
men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have
love one to another.
Focus Thought
Love is the chief characteristic of Christianity.
The power of the Holy Ghost will put the love of
God in our hearts.
Perhaps the Bible provides the most complete
definition of love. Paul wrote to the Corinthians
and listed various aspects of loves nature and
character. (See I Corinthians 13.) Love, the key
to successful living, is the zenith of human
Many struggle to comprehend the fullness of the
concept of love. Psychologists and psychiatrists
continue writing about the power and primacy of
love in our daily lives. We never can achieve
peace on a universal scale until first we learn
how to live together in our day-to-day existence,
which requires love. Love bridges the chasm that
separates individuals and familieseven nations.
Although we have tried many things to build
relationships of peace among both families and
nations, there is no substitute for love. Love is
rooted in humility, which is the opposite of
mankinds fleshly nature, and it requires one to
give willingly and liberally to its object.
Love played an integral part in Pauls ministry
in Corinth. Known as the city of two seas,
Corinth was the leading city in Greece during the
time of the apostle Paul. It was prosperous and
popular with the wealthy and the wicked, the
lavish and the lascivious. Paul ministered for
eighteen months in this city of commercial
tycoons and independently wealthy people. In
spite of his persecutions and heartaches, Paul,
through his love for these unpredictable people,
had a successful ministry among them. Certainly,
the gospel has power to transform anyone in any
type of culture.
Soon after Pauls departure from Corinth, the
church erupted into factions with strong feelings
dominating each division. It was to this type of
people that Paul wrote about love. This infant
church had transposed other materialistic
concepts to the body of Christ. Fond of preachers
and their respective merits, they were still
permissive in their convictions concerning sin in
the church. They had emphasized the lesser gifts
of the Spirit and minimized the highest gift of
Godlove. They cared more for publicity than for
power more for elocution than for consecration
more for speaking in tongues than for teaching
more for the glitter of prophecy than for the
grace of propitiation. To these people Paul
declared, Yet shew I unto you a more excellent
way (I Corinthians 1231).
I. The Love of God (A)
The Love of God
  1. The Nature of God Is Love

And we have known and believed the love that God
hath to us. God is love and he that dwelleth in
love dwelleth in God, and God in him (I John
I. The Love of God (A)
Having actually seen love in action, John had
insight into the nature of God through Jesus
Christ. Jesus did not just say that He loved, but
He demonstrated it through His death on the
cross. Christs nature was that of living and
dying in the interest of others, which is the
essence of genuine love. Truly, God is love, and
many benefits flow to mankind through His love
for us. He did not need to act the part. He was
I. The Love of God (B)
  1. All Benefits Flow to Mankind from His Love

John said many things about love in his first
epistle. He revealed many benefits that stem from
possessing the love of God. Among them are the
following three.
I. The Love of God (B)
1. We are called the children of God. If Gods
love is in us, we will demonstrate the same
nature as His. We will give ourselves in the
interest of others without expecting anything in
return. He loved us and demonstrated His love
clearly by His selfless actions on our behalf.
I. The Love of God (B)
2. We have potential. John declared, It doth not
yet appear what we shall be (I John 32). We do
not know what we will be as a final product, but
we have the promise of great potential if Gods
love dwells within us.
I. The Love of God (B)
3. We shall be like Him. We have the promise of
becoming like Jesus Christ in His glorious body.
Our nature will then be complete.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
Brotherly Love
  1. Sign of Discipleship

Jesus spoke of a new commandment to love one
another (John 1334-35). The Greek word for new
is kainen, a word that indicates quality. In the
context of this passage of Scripture, new does
not mean more recent, but rather superior,
better in quality. Certainly, the call to love
is an old one, deeply embedded in the Old
Testament. (See Leviticus 1918, 34.) However,
Jesus call to love was superior to the old
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
1. There is a new relationship. The Old Testament
called on Gods people to love others as we love
ourselves (Leviticus 1918). Jesus called on us
to love one another (John 1334), a phrase that
reminds us that in Christs new community we are
not simply neighbors, but family. We bond to each
other by our common relationship with God.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
2. There is a new standard. The Old Testament
command was to love our neighbor as we love
ourselves. Jesus superior commandment calls us
to love one another as He has loved us (John
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
3. There is a new outcome. The purity of the Old
Testament community of faith was intended to
display Gods righteousness. Under the New
Covenant, Jesus declared that all would recognize
us as His disciples by the love that we have for
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
  1. Agape
  • There are at least three Greek words for love.
  • Eros. This is just the erotic side of love, one
    that is only an even exchange. Its purpose is
    self-gratificationgiving to others because they
    gave to us.
  • 2. Phileo. This is love of familybrotherly or
    sisterly love or strong human affection.
  • 3. Agape. This is the most important word for
    love in the New Testamentthe love that God
    showed in that He loved us without requiring us
    to return any affection or devotion to Him.

II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
Paul wrote that the greatest thing in the world
is lovetrue love of the agape type. The obvious
illustration of this is Gods love toward us in
that He committed to our well-being even though
our condition was abhorrent to Him. He loved us
even though our reaction was negative toward Him.
In turn, God desires that we achieve this same
level of love for others. Paul defined the
characteristics of agape love (charity) in his
first epistle to the believers in Corinth.
I Corinthians 134-7
Charity suffereth long, and is kind charity
envieth not charity vaunteth not itself, is not
puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly,
seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked,
thinketh no evil rejoiceth not in iniquity, but
rejoiceth in the truth beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth
all things (I Corinthians 134-7).
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
As a beautiful diamond has many facets, so love
has many characteristics. Paul examined this
wonderful attribute of love and revealed its many
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
  1. Love suffereth long, or love is patient. All of
    us should grow in the virtue of patience,
    especially in the arena of the Christian family.
    Adults find it easy to impose mature requirements
    upon a child. As parents, we should be aware that
    small children learn by repetition therefore, we
    should exert patience and give them time to learn
    well. Moreover, we should exert patience through
    all the stages of their lives as they face
    difficult physical and temperamental adjustments.
    We also should exhibit the same kind of patience
    toward other individuals.

II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
As Christians, we often become weary in well
doing, but the apostle informed us that we shall
reap in due season if we exercise patience
(Galatians 69).
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
2. Love is kind. In Matthew 25, Jesus painted a
picture of the final judgment. In His clear
picture of the judgment, the King did not say to
those on his right hand, I was hungry and you
felt sorry for me. Nor did He say, I was naked
and you felt the shame along with me I was
imprisoned and the manacles on my wrists hurt
you, too. He did not say, I was sick and you
were so sympathetic with me. (See Matthew
2534-40.) All of that would have been wonderful,
but feelings are not what count. The important
thing was that the hungry were fed, the naked
were clothed, and the sick and the imprisoned
were visited. If we love people, the Lords
question is What are you doing to help them?
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
3. Love envieth not. Jealousy is a devastating
influence that destroys its victims. Constantly
desiring to have compliments come their way,
envious people do not give credit where credit is
due. They like to be on the receiving end, but
they never live on the giving end. They cringe
when others receive praise, especially if the
others happen to excel in the envious ones own
field of expertise.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
Plutarch said that Dionysius, the tyrant,
punished Philoxenius, the musician, out of envy
because Philoxenius could sing better than
Dionysius could. He also punished Plato, the
philosopher, because Plato could dispute better
than he could. On the other hand, love does not
behave that way. Love does not envy. Love is not
jealous. The person whose heart is full of love
rejoices in the successes of others because he
knows that he cannot excel in every field, and he
is glad that someone else can.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
4. Love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.
Love defeats pride, for the two cannot dwell in
the same heart. Jesus declared that He was meek
and lowly in heart. Furthermore, He told us that
the meek would inherit the earth. God hates
pride, which is why He expelled Lucifer, the
archangel, from heaven. Lucifers pride had
caused him to try to ascend above the throne of
the Most High.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
5. Love does not behave itself unseemly.
Courtesy is love in little things. God loves the
sparrow that falls to the ground, and He counts
the hairs on our heads. He is interested in the
minutesperhaps even the secondsof our lives.
Jesus taught lessons about lilies and grass, for
He observed the insignificant things and made
them noble by His notice. The large gifts that
people tossed into the Temple treasury did not
receive the word of commendation that He gave to
the widows two mites.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
In our living, courtesy should reign if true love
is present. Courtesy is not a matter of living
according to mere rules, but it is a fundamental
attitude of being. It is an unselfish spirit that
suggests instinctively the appropriate action,
which produces ease and happiness for others. In
the deepest sense, it springs from a heart
transformed by the Lord.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
6. Love is unselfish it seeketh not her own.
Love does not push or promote itself. Many of the
ills of our time stem from our attempt at
gratifying our own wishes without thinking of the
effect it may have on others. Everything in
creation obeys the law of love. No tree bears
fruit for its own use, nor does the sun shine for
itself. Only mankind and the devil seek their own
profit in everything.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
Sociologists believe that a tribe known as Ik in
Northern Uganda, Africa, soon will become
extinct. The reason for the tribes decline is
its selfish orientation about life. Members of
the tribe live entirely for themselves. At the
age of three, each child is cast out of the home
in a desperate struggle for the survival of the
fittest. An anthropologist who has studied the Ik
tribe reported that no one in the tribe even
remembers an act of kindness. These people have
become selfish animals, and they have lost their
capacity to love and care for one another.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
Rather than just existing, real living is loving
others in meaningful ways. Love is horizontal,
ministering to others. Convenience passes up the
wounded man on the Jericho road, but love goes to
where he is, binds him up, and pours oil into his
wounds. Carnal custom says the person is a thief,
but love says the thief is a person. Love always
considers others, and the individual who
expresses love receives the best in return. Love
is the purification of the heart from self. It
strengthens and ennobles the character, giving a
higher motive and a nobler aim to every action.
It makes a person strong, noble, and courageous.
Indeed, the power to love is the noblest gift
that a human being could possess, but it is a
sacred fire that he must never burn to idols.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
7. Love is even tempered, not easily provoked.
Although the nature of love is that it can be
provoked to anger, Paul stated that such
provocation is not easily accomplished. The Lord
drove the money changers from the Temple and
called the Pharisees whitewashed tombs. However,
love does not wear its feelings on its sleeve or
carry a chip on its shoulder. Love is tolerant
and sympathetic, careful not to hurt or wound
others spirits. God will give us the grace to
drown the insults of others in the river of love.
People may say things to us or about us that they
really do not mean. Love teaches us to look
beyond the obvious action and care deeply for
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
8. Love is not suspicious. It thinketh no evil.
Someone has said, Where there is smoke, there is
fire, but that is not always true one could be
mistaken. Love gives every person the benefit of
the doubt. Jesus told the woman accused of
adultery, Go, and sin no more (John 811).
Jesus came to forgive sins, not to accuse
mankind. Satan is known as the accuser of the
brethren. (See Revelation 1210.) He accused God
before Adam and Eve, and he accused Job before
God. We should never join the accusers and
mudslingers! If something about another person is
true, we should help the accused rather than
verbally abuse him. Love does not repeat the evil
that it discovers about others.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
9. Love rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth
in the truth. Love is sincere without a flaw.
When true love dominates a persons character, he
will not rejoice when things go wrong for
another. Jesus wept at the grave of Lazarus. True
love is sensitive. True love is not neutral. We
should rejoice with those who rejoice and weep
with those who weep. Paul instructed us to feel
for others and to be sensitive to their successes
or sorrows.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
10. Love beareth all things. Perhaps we could
say that the phrase beareth all things speaks
of holding things fast like a watertight vessel.
It endures without divulging to the world what it
bears inside, and it speaks not of what it holds.
Love allows no complaints to leak out, and it
covers and protects what is inside.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
In the parable of the prodigal son, the father
had two sonsone bad, but the other worse. One
went off into a far country and wasted his
substance in riotous living. Upon his return, the
father forgave him before he even confessed. The
other son had remained at home, but he was angry
because his father had graciously forgiven his
brother. Certainly, the father exemplified that
love bears all things.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
11. Love believeth all things. Love is
optimistic, believing that nothing walks with
aimless feet. A child lives in this category,
which is why Jesus declared, Except ye be
converted, and become as little children, ye
shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven
(Matthew 183). That is why a childs life is
free from worry and anxiety. He exercises blind
faith in all things at all times.
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
12. Love hopeth all things. Love looks into the
future through the eyes of hope. The Christian
believes that the kingdom of God will come and
lives every day with this hope. This hope is not
just a wish, but it is the true hope of Gods
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
13. Love endureth all things. Many people lack
the grace of forbearance. Love keeps us going
even when everything around us seems to be
falling apart. Perhaps this poem about love says
it best
II. Brotherly Love (A-B)
What Is Love? Its silence when your words would
hurt. Its patience when your neighbors
curt. Its deafness when the scandal flows. Its
thoughtfulness for anothers woes. Its
promptness when stern duty calls. Its courage
when misfortune falls. Michael
Green Illustrations for Biblical Preaching
III. Overcoming Hatred (A)
Overcoming Hatred
  1. Through Perfected Love

Love has been perfected among us in this that
we may have boldness in the day of judgment
because as He is, so are we in this world (I
John 417, New King James Version).
III. Overcoming Hatred (A)
We should follow the example of Jesus in this
world, living in fellowship with the Lord and
loving one another. Sometimes love is fleeting as
far as humans are concerned, but true love
endures. People may fall out of lust, but they
will never fall out of love. As wonderful as all
other manifestations of service are, they shall
serve their purpose and pass away. However, love
is eternal because God is eternal, and He is love.
III. Overcoming Hatred (A)
Prophecies shall come to pass, and tongues
eventually will cease. The gift of
knowledgeknowledge gained miraculously without
trainingalso shall pass away. However, love is
always in season and imperishable. The wise
Solomon declared, Many waters cannot quench
love, neither can the floods drown it (Song of
Solomon 87). Love marches on. Love never fails.
It never fails in the church. It never fails in
the home. It never fails in the shop. It never
fails in the school. It never fails in Christian
service. It never fails in international
relationships. Oh, that we might learn the power
of love in everyday relations! Love will cure
neurosis and psychosis and will save the home,
the nation, and the world. Jesus came to love us
and to teach us how to love.
III. Overcoming Hatred (A)
The world continues to emphasize the passing
virtues of the times. We major upon education,
environment, ability, personality, and looksall
good, but temporary. Love never fails, however,
because love is eternal. It is eternal because it
is the solution to our problems in time and
eternity. When asked which was the greatest
commandment, the Lord answered, Love God with
all your heart, and then love your neighbor as
yourself. (See Matthew 2236-40.) May God help
us to follow the counsel of the Savior and love
as He loves.
III. Overcoming Hatred (B-C)
  1. Through Forgiveness

Jesus taught that agape love would manifest
itself through a persons willingness to forgive.
Furthermore, He taught that if we are coming to
put our gift on the altar and we remember that
our brother has something against usnot that we
have something against our brotherwe should
first be reconciled with our brother. We should
live in an atmosphere of forgiveness rather than
hatred, for agape love demands it.
III. Overcoming Hatred (B-C)
  1. Through the Power of the Spirit

Under the law of Moses, mankind lived by the
philosophy of an eye for an eye but now
believers live in agape love through the power of
the Spirit, which the Old Testament believers did
not possess. The Holy Spirit has unleashed the
power of true love within us!
Romans 55
And hope maketh not ashamed because the love of
God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy
Ghost which is given unto us (Romans 55).
IV. Loving Others (A-C)
Loving Others
In the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew listed some
statements of Jesus that began, You have heard
it said. . . . He followed each of these
statements with but I say. . . . He was giving
higher meaning to what the people had previously
believed and was teaching them how to treat
IV. Loving Others (A-C)
  1. Love Our Enemies

During Jesus day, the contemporary understanding
was that it was appropriate for people to seek
revenge upon those who had harmed them. Jesus
reinterpretation, however, was to love our
enemies and to do good to those who harm us.
IV. Loving Others (A-C)
  1. Love Our Brother

Agape love should not only include our enemies,
but it should also include our brothers and
sisters in particular. John asked, He that
loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can
he love God whom he hath not seen? (I John
420). If we do not love God, how can we love our
enemies or the lost? If we call ourselves
Christians, we must live according to the
principle of agape love.
IV. Loving Others (A-C)
  1. Follow the Golden Rule

The contemporary understanding in Jesus day was
that people should treat others as others treated
them. In other words, we should love our
neighbors and hate our enemies. Jesus
reinterpretation gave us the Golden Rule, which
states that we should treat others as we desire
for them to treat us. More to the point, we
should treat others as God treats them, whether
they are friend or enemy. He loves all!
God is love, and He bestows His love on us. With
His great love comes His great benefits. We are
called the children of God we have potential
and we shall be like Him. Jesus declared that our
love for one another is a sign of discipleship.
This is agape lovea love that is committed to
others with no strings attached. The Holy Spirit
empowers us to exhibit true, agape love, and
through it we can overcome hatred, love our
enemies, treat others the way we want to be
treated, and love our brothers and sisters. May
Gods love grow and dwell in us richly!
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