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Summary: The act of love opens up our eyes to see God but the act of hatred causes us to be blind and trapped in darkness.

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1 John 2 – Sermon ““Love God not the World’s ways”

Thesis: The act of love opens up our eyes to see God but the act of hatred causes us to be blind and trapped in darkness.

Scripture Text: The Holy Bible, New International Version

1 John 2:1 (NIV)

1My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

1 John 2:2 (NIV)

2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

1 John 2:3 (NIV)

3We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.

1 John 2:4 (NIV)

4The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

1 John 2:5 (NIV)

5But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:

1 John 2:6 (NIV)

6Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

1 John 2:7 (NIV)

7Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

1 John 2:8 (NIV)

8Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

1 John 2:9 (NIV)

9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.

1 John 2:10 (NIV)

10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.

1 John 2:11 (NIV)

11But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness; he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded him.

1 John 2:12 (NIV)

12 I write to you, dear children,

because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.

1 John 2:13 (NIV)

13 I write to you, fathers,

because you have known him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,

because you have overcome the evil one.

I write to you, dear children,

because you have known the Father.

1 John 2:14 (NIV)

14 I write to you, fathers,

because you have known him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,

because you are strong,

and the word of God lives in you,

and you have overcome the evil one.

1 John 2:15 (NIV)

15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

1 John 2:16 (NIV)

16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.

1 John 2:17 (NIV)

17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.

1 John 2:18 (NIV)

18Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour.

1 John 2:19 (NIV)

19They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.


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