Summary: People will know that we follow Jesus by our love for one another.
Love One Another
October 12, 2014 Morning Service
Immanuel Baptist Church, Wagoner, OK
Message Point: People will know that we follow Jesus by our love for one another.
Focus Passage: John 13:34-35
Supplemental Passage: Love never fails; (1 Corinthians 13:8a NASB)
"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.' "This is the great and foremost commandment. "The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.' "On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." (Matthew 22:36-40 NASB)
Introduction: Many years ago a shabbily dressed boy trudged several miles through the snowy streets of Chicago, determined to attend a Bible class that was conducted by D.L. Moody. When he arrived, he was asked, "Why did you come to a Sunday school so far away? Why didn't you go to one of the churches near your home?" He answered simply, "Because you love a fellow over here." Source Unknown.
I. Love doesn’t mean accepting sin
a. “Love the sinner; hate the sin” often feels like hate the sinner
b. Speak truth into each others’ life in love
c. Help each other thru the trials and pitfalls of life
II. Love means forgiving
a. Assume “no offense”
b. Do not hold grudges
c. Forgive even if the other person isn’t sorry
d. Get all the facts before making a decision
III. Love means serving one another
a. "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. (John 15:13 NASB)
b. Treat others like you’d like to be treated
c. Be kind to one another
d. Serve one another with your words (watch WHAT you say and HOW you say it)
e. Set a good example of godliness
Application/Invitation: Is there someone you need to forgive? Is there someone you need to confront (in love) about their sin? Is there an attitude that you need to repent?