Summary: To love and be loved is life’s greatest gift. Love is divine. Love is from God. Nobody knows more about love than God Almighty. He is the originator. Love was God’s idea.
Jesus: Teach Us How To Love
1. To love and be loved is life’s greatest gift. Love is divine. Love is from God. Nobody knows more about love than God Almighty. He is the originator. Love was God’s idea. 1 John 4:8
• This being Valentine’s Day, I thought it would be timely to speak on this subject of love. Jesus spoke about it.
2. In fact, Christ came to this earth and was a living demonstration of divine love.
• He came to reveal to us what true love is in a way that we can grasp and understand.
3. As we read Paul’s writings to the church, the idea is that since Christ has fully demonstrated His love to us, and since His Spirit now lives in us, we can love others as Christ has loved us. We can love in a divine way! Romans 5:5; Ephesians 5:2a, 25; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 4:9; 1 John 4:7, 11; John 13:34; 15:12
4. In the passage before us, the subject of “love” is mentioned 8 times in six verses. Jesus spoke very personally with His disciples (his inner core group, his friends).
5. There is a lot that we can learn about love from the lips of the Lord Jesus Christ.
6. Every believer can love as Christ loves. Christ makes that very clear. How can we love in such a divine way?
Love needs daily maintenance.
1. Every time I see that word “maintenance” it reminds me of a saying I heard once, “A marriage may be made in heaven, but the maintenance must be done on earth.” How true!
• Illustration: A story of couple married 60 years and dolls.
2. Jesus expresses this concept when He says, “…continue ye in my love.” vs. 9
• Continue means “to stay in a given place, state, or relation.” I tell my kids, “I want you to continue in the house while we are gone.” What does that mean? It means stay there and don’t leave.
• The issue here is not that Christ will stop loving them. This was something that they were to do and something that they were in control of.
• Also, the issue wasn’t “continue…to love me.” That is not what it says.
3. It wasn’t that they were in danger of losing His love. Christ’s love is constant. It wasn’t that they were being asked to love Him more. No, He said, “…continue ye (all of you) in my love.”
4. The issue was that they might no longer continue to abide and bask in His love, and in turn, manifest it to others (vs. 12).
• The danger then was in not appreciating Christ’s love and living in the reality of His love – not receiving it and allowing it to work within them.
• Illustration: A married couple – she loves him with all her heart and soul, but he leaves her for another woman. He didn’t abide in, appreciate, and value her love for him. Now do you see what He meant – “You abide in my love.”
5. What does this teach us? Love is something that must receive daily, on-going attention. Love must be maintained or it won’t be properly understood. Married couples, you must continue in each other’s love, daily giving and receiving that love from each other.