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Title: Love, Honor, and Obey


1
Love, Honor, and Obey
  • I John 417- 55

2
  • Emphasis on Christian Love now believers love
    for the Father
  • We cannot love our neighbor unless we love our
    heavenly Father
  • Perfect maturity completeness
  • Grow in love for the Father in response for
    Fathers love for you
  • Mature Christian love is the great universal need
    among Gods people
  • Confidence (417-19)
  • Fear torment
  • Reason not growing in Gods love

3
  • Boldness confidence ofr freedom of speech
  • Reverential fear, not tormenting fear
  • Fear phobia krisisphobia fear of judgment
  • Tormenting fear due to past, present, future
  • No fear due to Gods love
  • Secret of boldness As he is, so are we in this
    world (417) dealing with the future
  • Father deals with us as He deals with His Son
  • Past We need not to be afraid, because He first
    loved us (410)
  • Present We need not to be afraid because
    perfect love casteth out fear (418)
  • Proper fear doesnt torment

4
  • For you have not received a spirit of slavery
    leading to fear again, but you have received a
    spirit of adoption as sons which we cry out,
    Abba, Father (Rom 815 NASB)
  • For God hath not given us a spirit of fear, but
    of power, and of love, and of sound mind (II Tim
    17)
  • Fear is the beginning of torment
  • Live in an atmosphere of love confidence, not
    fear and torment (Rom 835, 37-39)
  • Gods perfect love in stages
  • When we were lost, we lived in fear
  • After trusting Christ mixture of fear love
  • Growing in fellowship with God fear vanished
    gradually His love controlled our hearts
  • Immature Christian is tossed between fear love

5
  • Mature Christian rests in Gods love
  • Evidence of mature love for God growing
    confidence in Gods presence
  • Honesty (420-21)
  • Warning against pretending
  • Fear pretending go together
  • Example of Adam Eve (Gen 310 - I heard thy
    voice, and I was afraid)
  • Confidence toward God no need of pretense
  • No confidence toward God leads to no confidence
    with Gods people
  • Worry fear that torments
  • Immature Christian try to impress others with
    spirituality (not growing in Gods love)

6
  • Example of Ananias Saphira (Acts 5)
  • Our life should be marked by honesty, not
    pretending
  • Spiritual honesty leads to peace power
  • Love truth go together
  • Joyful Obedience (51-3)
  • His commandments are not burdensome (53 NASB)
  • Anything in creation obeys Gods will except man
  • Fire, and hail snow, and vapor strong wind
    fulfilling his word (Ps 1488)
  • Jesus walking on the water sleeping in a boat
  • Jonah storm, whale, and plant

7
  • Disobedience to Gods will hesitant, grudging
    obedience
  • Secret of joyful obedience obedience is a family
    matter
  • We have been born of God, love God, and Gods
    children
  • We show Gods love by willing wor, not empty
    words
  • We are children obeying the Father, not slaves
    obeying a master
  • Test of maturing love is our personal attitude
    toward the Bible
  • Unsaved person considers the Bible impossibility
    for he doesnt understand the spiritual message
    (I Cor 214)

8
  • Immature Christian look at the demands of the
    Bible to be burdensome.
  • Mature Christians who experiences Gods love
    enjoys and love Gods Word and looks at it as
    Gods love letter rather than textbook.
  • Psalm 119
  • Stages of maturing love
  • As our love for God grows, we have confidence
    toward God are not afraid of his will.
  • We are honest toward God others lose fear of
    being rejected
  • We have new attitude toward Gods Word and
    enjoying obeying it as an expression of Gods love

9
  • Stages of sin
  • When we disobey God, we lose our confidence
    toward God
  • Disobedience leads to dishonesty (pretending
    covering up)
  • It turns us from Gods Word we either read
    routinely or ignore it
  • The burden of religion is grievous
  • Love lightens burden (Matt 1128-30)
  • Victory (54-5)
  • For whatever is born of God overcomes the world
    (4)
  • Victory is the result of faith we grow in faith
    as we grow in love

10
  • Faith love go together
  • Overcome 7 times in Revelation
  • Faith in Jesus Christ (5)
  • In the world ye shall have tribulation but be of
    good cheer, I have overcome the world (John
    1633)
  • Identification with Christ
  • as he is
  • As he is so are we in this world (47)
  • a he is the light (17)
  • I have been crucified with Christ (Gal 220)
  • walk in the newness of life (Rom 64)
  • Seated with Him in heavenly places (Eph 26)
  • Be revealed with Him in glory (Col 34)
  • Spiritual position in Christ
  • Child of God is privileged

11
  • His authority is determined by position
  • Faith is God's key to victory
  • Victorious faith is the result of maturing love
  • Faith is not much believing in spite of evidence,
    but obeying in spite of consequence
  • Maturing love be a regular practical thing in
    our daily life
  • Stages of relationship to Jesus Christ
  • We must cultivate friendship with Christ (James
    223)
  • Friendship will be begin to influence our life
    gradual process
  • Our friendship with Christ becoming like Him
    will lead to a deeper love for Christ

12
  • Christian love is not a passing emotion, but a
    permanent devotion
  • More we know Him the better we love Him, and the
    better we love Him the more we become like Him
  • Conformed to the image of His Son (Rom 829)
  • The place to begin is in the quiet, personal
    place of prayer
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