Summary: For those who know God, love will be the evident characteristic of their lives.

I. Love is a Persistent Theme (verses 10-11)

A. John 13:34-35, “A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”

B. John 15:12, “This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.”

C. 23X in 1 John

D. 19X in Gospel of John

II. Love is Promised Retaliation (verses 12-13)

A. Cain resented Abel’s righteousness

B. The world resents our righteousness

C. Martin Luther – “This world is no friend to help me on to God.”

D. 2 Timothy 3:12, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.”

III. Love is Perceived in Christ (verses 14-16)

A. The substance of Love comes from Him

B. The sacrifice of Love comes from Him

IV. Love is Practiced by Believers (verses 17-18)

A. Actions speak louder than words

B. The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30ff)

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