Summary: An examination into the heart of Christian relationships
“Do You Love The Brethren?”
· Ill. Rick Warren in his book The Purpose Driven Life says, “Life is all about love!”
“Because God is love, the most important lesson he wants you to learn on earth is how to love. It is in loving that we are most like him, so love is the foundation of every command he has given us; ‘the whole Law can be summed up in this one command; ‘Love others as you love yourself”
· When it comes to love, ‘Do You Love The Brethren? (other Christians)
· Gal. 6: 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
· Ill. "Dearest Jimmy, No words could ever express the great unhappiness I’ve felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you’ll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my heart, so please forgive me. I love you, I love you, I love you! Yours forever, Marie... P.S., And congratulations on willing the state lottery."
· Do you love the brethren?
o Then why did you break up with us? (Leave the church)
o Why won’t you return our calls
o Why don’t you attend church anywhere? (Backslidden)
· I did a search on Google for the word ‘love’. 117 million websites were found!!
· They world is looking for love; including Christians.
I. The reason for the commandment, 33 & 36
A. Because Jesus was going away, but He wanted His love to stay
1. That’s why were called ‘Christians’
b. A ‘Christian’ is literally ‘a follower of Christ’
2. We are called to…
a. Say the things Jesus would say
b. Do the things Jesus would do
c. Believe the things Jesus would believe
d. Go the places Jesus would go
B. Because the disciples couldn’t go with Him, but their need to be loved remained
1. The disciples stayed in order to finish the work Christ had started
2. The disciples stayed so the world could see the effects of Jesus in a person’s life
3. The disciples stayed so that what they had learned could be practiced (loving others)
II. The nature of the commandment, 34
A. What it was, ‘a commandment’
* ‘An injunction’, ‘an authoritative prescription’
1. The first (most important) commandment is to love God with all of your heart, soul and mind
2. The second (second most important) commandment is to love others as you love yourself
B. Who it came from, ‘I give unto you’
1. This commandment is from the lips of the Commander and Chief of Love
2. This commandment is directed to the ‘little Christ’, the followers of Christ (a.k.a. Christians)
C. How it was to be kept, ‘that ye love one another …’
1. We are to love, in the same way Jesus loved
2. We are to love, the same people who Jesus loved
III. The effect of the commandment, 35
A. In order to be effective, it must be kept
2. Mt. 7: 21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
B. In order to be effective, it must be seen