The Walk // 1 John 3-4
[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]
Loved People Must Love People
We all want to be loved. And that means that we all need to give love. But giving love will be impossible if we don't believe he first loves us. We can't give something we don't possess or believe that we have.
Examine God's love for you.
See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him. Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is. (1 John 3:1, 2 NLT)
God doesn't love us “like” we're his children..he loves us because we ARE his children. God loves us just as much as he loves Jesus. Let that sink in.
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16 NLT)
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. (1 John 4:9, 10 NLT)
We are pursued by God..passionately sought after!
Express God's love to others.
If I don't believe that God truly loves me, then I'm probably not gonna show anyone else love. But if I believe..then I must reciprocate that love and give it away to others.
Believing the lie that “God doesn't love/care about me” makes for an easy cop-out when it comes to loving others.
This is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another. (1 John 3:11 NLT)
Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. (1 John 4:11, 12 NLT)
If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything. (1 John 3:14-20 NLT)
- is not just being friendly
- is welcoming in..helping others belong
- meets the needs of others
- is evidence of abiding
If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters. (1 John 4:20, 21 NLT)
Loved people must love people