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A Love-filled

Life in Christ
What do you believe is meant
by having a love-filled life as a
Christian?

Is having a love-filled life


something that is optional for
a Christian?
The greatest commandment
● “Experts in the law” tested Jesus:
» Matthew 22:35-40
» 35. And one of them, a lawyer, asked Him
a question, trying Him:
» 36. “Teacher, which is the great
commandment in the Law?”
» 37. And He said unto him, “You shall love
the Lord your God with all your heart, and
with all your soul, and with all your mind.
» 38. “This is the great and first
commandment.
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The greatest commandment
● “Experts in the law” tested Jesus:
» Matthew 22:35-40
» 39. “And a second like unto it is this, ‘You
shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
» 40. “On these two commandments the
whole law hangs, and the prophets.”
What does Jesus mean in verse 40?

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The greatest commandment
● “Experts in the law” tested Jesus:
» Mark 12:28-34
» 28. And one of the scribes came, and
heard them questioning together, and
knowing that He had answered them well,
asked Him, “What commandment is the first
of all?”
» 29. Jesus answered, “The first is, Hear, O
Israel; the Lord our God, the Lord is One:

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The greatest commandment
● “Experts in the law” tested Jesus:
» Mark 12:28-34
» 30. “and you shall love the Lord your God
with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind, and with all your
strength.
» 31. “The second is this, ‘You shall love
your neighbor as yourself.’ There is none
other commandment greater than these.”
32. And the scribe said unto Him, “Of a
truth, Teacher, You have well said that He
is One; and there is none other but He: 6
The greatest commandment
● “Experts in the law” tested Jesus:
» Mark 12:28-34
» 33. “and to love Him with all the heart, and
with all the understanding, and with all the
strength, and to love his neighbor as
himself, is much more than all whole burnt-
offerings and sacrifices.”
» 34. And when Jesus saw that he answered
discreetly, He said unto him, ‘You are not
far from the kingdom of God.’ And no man
after that dared ask Him any question.
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The greatest commandment
● “Experts in the law” tested Jesus:
» Luke 10:25-28
» 25. And behold, a certain lawyer stood up
and made trial of Him, saying, “Teacher,
what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
» 26. And He said unto him, “What is written
in the law? How do you read it?”
» 27. And He answering said, “You shall love
the Lord your God with all your heart, and
with all your soul, and with all your strength,
and with all your mind; and your neighbor
as yourself.” 8
The greatest commandment
● “Experts in the law” tested Jesus:
» Luke 10:25-28
» 28. And He said unto him, “You have
answered right: this do, and you shall live.”
● The Hebrew shema (Jewish daily
prayer) is:
» Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “Hear, O Israel! The
LORD is our God, the LORD is One! And
you shall love the LORD your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all
your might.”
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What’s a good definition of biblical “love”?
● “Unselfish, loyal, and benevolent
concern for the well-being of another.”
(Holman Bible Dictionary)

● “…the most excellent way.” (1 Cor. 12:31)

● “…for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)

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Love of God
● About those definitions…
» Would those apply more to love of God or
to love of “our brother?”
● What does Moses mean by “love” in
these scriptures…

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Deuteronomy 10:12-13
● “And now, O Israel, what does the
LORD your God ask of you but to fear
the LORD your God, to walk in all His
ways, to love Him, to serve the LORD
your God with all your heart and with all
your soul, and to observe the Lord’s
commands and decrees that I am giving
you today for your own good?”

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Deuteronomy 11:1
● “Love the LORD your God and keep His
requirements, His decrees, His laws and
His commands always.”

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Deuteronomy 11:
● 13So if you faithfully obey the commands
I am giving you today – to love the
LORD your God and to serve Him with
all your heart and with all your soul…

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If you carefully observe all these
commands I am giving you to follow – to
love the LORD your God, to walk in all
His ways and to hold fast to Him…

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Love of God
● “…you shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your might.”
● With a sincere love.
» Not in word only, but inwardly in truth and
action.

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Love of God
● “…you shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your might.”
● With a sincere love.
● With a strong love.
» If
God is “our all”, we must give Him and
only Him our all.

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Love of God
● “…you shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your might.”
● With a sincere love.
● With a strong love.
● With a superlative love.
» We must love God above anyone or
anything.

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Love of God
● “…you shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your might.”
● With a sincere love.
● With a strong love.
● With a superlative love.
● With an intelligent love.
» To love Him with all our heart, we must see
good cause to love Him.
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Love of God
● “…you shall love the LORD your God
with all your heart and with all your soul
and with all your might.”
● With a sincere love.
● With a strong love.
● With a superlative love.
● With an intelligent love.
● With an entire love.
» “whateveryou do, in word or deed, do it all
in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Col. 3:17) 19
Love of God
● “…you shall love the LORD your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and with all
your might.”
● With a sincere love.
● With a strong love.
● With a superlative love.
● With an intelligent love.
● With an entire love.
● With an obedient love.
» “If you love Me, you will keep My
commandments. ” (John 14:15) 20
1 John 4:7 - 5:4
● 7. Beloved, let us love one another: for
love is of God; and every one that loves
is begotten of God, and knows God.
● 8. He that loves not knows not God; for
God is love.
● 9. Herein was the love of God
manifested in us, that God has sent His
only begotten Son into the world that we
might live through Him.
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1 John 4:7 - 5:4
● 10. Herein is love, not that we loved
God, but that He loved us, and sent His
Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
● 11. Beloved, if God so loved us, we
also ought to love one another.
● 12. No man has beheld God at any
time: if we love one another, God abides
in us, and His love is perfected in us:

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1 John 4:7 - 5:4
● 13. hereby we know that we abide in
Him and He in us, because He has
given us of His Spirit.
● 14. And we have beheld and bear
witness that the Father has sent the Son
to be the Savior of the world.
● 15. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus
is the Son of God, God abides in Him,
and he in God.
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1 John 4:7 - 5:4
● 16. And we know and have believed the
love which God has in us. God is love;
and he that abides in love abides in
God, and God abides in him.
● 17. Herein is love made perfect with us,
that we may have boldness in the day of
judgment; because as He is, even so
are we in this world.

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1 John 4:7 - 5:4
● 18. There is no fear in love: but perfect
love casts out fear, because fear has
punishment; and he that fears is not
made perfect in love.
● 19. We love, because He first loved us.
● 20. If a man say, I love God, and hates
his brother, he is a liar: for he that loves
not his brother whom he has seen,
cannot love God whom he has not seen.
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1 John 4:7 - 5:4
● 21. And this commandment have we
from Him, that he who loves God love
his brother also.
● 1. Whosoever believes that Jesus is the
Christ is begotten of God: and
whosoever loves Him that begat loves
him also that is begotten of Him.
● 2. Hereby we know that we love the
children of God, when we love God and
do His commandments.
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1 John 4:7 - 5:4
● 3. For this is the love of God, that we
keep His commandments: and His
commandments are not grievous.
● 4. For whatsoever is begotten of God
overcomes the world: and this is the
victory that has overcome the world,
even our faith.

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Learning to love
● Why do we love God? (Question 3)
» 1 John 4:19 “We love, because He first
loved us.”
● How do we love God? (Question 4)
» By revolutionizing our priorities
– Nothing should be more important than seeking
God’s kingdom: “But seek you first His
kingdom, and His righteousness; and all
these things shall be added unto you.”
(Matthew 6:33)
– Observe Jesus, whose priorities were perfect.
» Be obedient – God in center of our universe 28
1 John 4:7-5:4
● Love is from God (v. 7). “Beloved, let
us love one another: for love is of
God; and every one that loves is
begotten of God, and knows God.”
● Whoever does not love does not know
God (v. 8). “He that loves not knows
not God….”
● God is love. (v.8) “... for God is love.”

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1 John 4:7-5:4
● How did God show His love (v. 9)?
“Herein was the love of God
manifested in us, that God has sent
His only begotten Son into the world
that we might live through Him.”
● Why should we love one another (v.
11)? “Beloved, if God so loved us,
we also ought to love one another.”

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1 John 4:7-5:4
● What is “love for God” (5:3)? “For this
is the love of God, that we keep His
commandments: and His
commandments are not grievous.”
● Key verse: 1 John 4:20 “If a man say,
‘I love God,’ and hates his brother, he
is a liar: for he that loves not his
brother whom he has seen, cannot
love God Whom he has not seen.”

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1 Corinthians 13 - the Love Chapter
● 1. If I speak with the tongues of men
and of angels, but have not love, I am
become sounding brass, or a clanging
cymbal.
● 2. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and
know all mysteries and all knowledge;
and if I have all faith, so as to remove
mountains, but have not love, I am
nothing.

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1 Corinthians 13 - the Love Chapter
● 3. And if I bestow all my goods to feed
the poor, and if I give my body to be
burned, but have not love, it profits me
nothing.
● 4. Love suffers long, and is kind; love
envies not; love vaunts not itself, is not
puffed up,
● 5. does not behave itself unseemly,
seeks not its own, is not provoked, takes
not account of evil;
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1 Corinthians 13 - the Love Chapter
● 6. rejoices not in unrighteousness, but
rejoices with the truth;
● 7. bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
● 8. Love never fails: but whether there
be prophecies, they shall be done away;
whether there be tongues, they shall
cease; whether there be knowledge, it
shall be done away.
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1 Corinthians 13 - the Love Chapter
● 9. For we know in part, and we
prophesy in part;
● 10. but when that which is perfect is
come, that which is in part shall be done
away.
● 11. When I was a child, I spoke as a
child, I felt as a child, I thought as a
child: now that I am become a man, I
have put away childish things.
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1 Corinthians 13 - the Love Chapter
● 12. For now we see in a mirror, darkly;
but then face to face: now I know in part;
but then shall I know fully even as also I
was fully known.
● 13. But now abides faith, hope, love,
these three; and the greatest of these is
love.

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1 Corinthians 13
● Love is… ● Love is not…
» Patient (4) » Jealous (4)
» Kind (4) » Boastful (4)
» Pleased with truth (6) » Proud (4)
» Rude (5)
» Self-seeking (5)
● Question 5: Why is » Easily angered (5)
love greater than » A record-keeper (5)
faith or hope? » Pleased with evil (6)
(1 Cor. 13:13) » A failure (8)

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Questions 6 & 7
● It has been said that “Love for others, if
unchecked by the truth, can cause us to
be wishy-washy and even tolerant
toward sin.” Do you agree with this, or
disagree?

● What does John mean in 4:12, “…His


love is perfected (made complete) in
us”?

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Questions 8 and 9
● If we have difficulty loving other
Christians, what might be the root of the
problem? (1 John 4:19)
● Where’s the line between legalism and
love?
● Bonus question: Why is it impossible to
love God and yet hate one of the
members of His family (1 John 4:20-
21)?
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