Summary: The Bible is God’s love letter to us. When is the last time you wrote a love letter to Him?

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By: Dr. Dennis Deese -

JOHN 13:1-38

Ephesians 3:17-19 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what [is] the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.

2 Corinthians 5:14 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:

1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

1 John 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son [to be] the propitiation for our sins.

The Bible is God’s love letter to us. When is the last time you wrote a love letter to Him?

There are three things I want you to consider about the love of God. It’s:

1. DECLARED 13:1

1. Sacrificial 13:1 “When Jesus knew His hour was come”

2. Sincere 13:1 “he loved them”

agapao, perhaps from agan (much) [or compare Hebrew 5689 (`agab)]; to love dearly.

3. Steadfast 13:1 “he loved them unto the end”

2. REJECTED 13:2, 21-30

John 1:11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

Proverbs 1:24 Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;

1 Samuel 8:7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

Why would anybody reject God’s gracious love?

1. Satanic influence 13:2 “the devil having put into his heart”

John 8:44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

2. Flesh Controlled

Matthew 26:15 And said [unto them], What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

Romans 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

Romans 8:8 So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

3. Demon Possessed 13:27 “Satan entered into him”

Mark 16:9 Now when [Jesus] was risen early the first [day] of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

4. Temporary Satisfaction

Jeremiah 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, [and] hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.

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