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Summary: This sermon deals with what agape love is all about.

Let Us Love Like Jesus Loves

Romans 5: 1-12;21

[1] Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

[2] By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

[3] And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;

[4] And patience, experience; and experience, hope:

[5] And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

[6] For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. [7] For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

[8] But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

[9] Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

[10] For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

[11] And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.

[12] Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:

[21] That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Many people have copies of the 10 Commandments hanging on a wall.

That’s fine!

But Jesus gave us a New Commandment.

And you don’t see it getting as much attention as the 10 Commandments.

Jesus says in JOHN 13:34

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

To understand what Jesus commands us to do...

we first have to understand how Jesus loves us.

The word “love” in that verse is the Greek word AGAPE.

It’s a sacrificial type of love.

It’s a love that is so strong

that a person will sacrifice his own interests...

to meet the needs of another.

Jesus loves us so much...

He was willing to give up the glories of Heaven

come down here

endure the agony and shame of the cross...

so that you and I would have the opportunity

to live with Him.

That’s Agape love!

Let me tell you the story of 2 close friends.

Back in the 15th century, in a tiny village near Nuremberg, Germany

there lived a young man named Albrecht Durer.

Albert had a dream.

He wanted to go to Nuremberg to study Art at the Academy.

He came from a family of 18 children.

So his parents could not afford to send him to school.

It just so happened that Albrecht had a friend.

His name was Franz Knigstein

Franz also had a desire to become an artist.

He, too, had no money to pay for school.

Albrecht and Franz needed to find someone

who could pay the price for them.

POINT #1

You Cannot Earn Your Way Into Heaven

[1] Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

[2] By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

You and I cannot gain peace with God.

We need someone to pay our sin debt.

Since we can’t buy it...it has to be a gift.

Jesus did that for us!

Jesus told the Samaritan woman at the well...

John 4:10

“...If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.

Ephesians 2:8-9

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

[9] Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2: 13-18

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.

[14] For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;

[15] Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace;

[16] And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

[17] And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh.

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