Saturday, April 29, 2017

Family Sunday Loving Others


Let’s read a few verses from the 4th and 5th chapters of First John which cut to the heart of the message we have from God this morning.

1 John 4
9  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.

11  Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

17  And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face Him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world.

21  And God has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.

1 John 5
1 ¶  Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves His children, too.
2  We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey His commandments.
3  Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.

There are three questions we will ask ourselves during out Bible study time together this morning. If you get these correct you will have a good life …

1.  Do I love God?
2.  Why does God want me to love others?
3.  How do I know if I love God and others?

To best answer these questions let’s turn to what is known as the “Love Chapter” in the Bible.

Note: Give families time with each other to explain and discuss:.

1 Corinthians 13
4  Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud
5  or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
6  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
7  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

13  Three things will last forever — faith, hope, and love — and the greatest of these is love.

1.  Do I love God?
a.   It’s really a simple test … Do you obey Him and love others?
b.   Disobedience to God’s Word is a sign of selfishness not love.
c.   We are instructed to love God more than we do ourselves and love others as much as we do ourselves.
2.  Why does God want me to love others?
a.    So that they may experience God’s love for them through me.
b.    When Christians disobey God, we confuse the world about God and about Christians. An unloving Christian is an oxymoron. The Bible calls that person a hypocrite. 
3.  How do I know if I love God and others?
a.   Are you a child of God?
b.   Are you patient; kind; jealous; boastful; proud; or rude?
c.   Do you demand your own way or are you irritable?
d.   Do you keep a record of wrongs done by others?

Don’t give up … Open your heart to the Lord and allow Him to work on the areas of your life that need to change. Christ is being formed in you each and every day. Maybe this will help:
·        Repent for being a bad example and ask God to forgive you.
·        Let others know you are sorry for being impatient or unkind, jealous, boastful, proud, demanding, irritable, or rude.

·        Work with God so others can experience His love through you.