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Summary: Those who know God must exhibit brotherly love.

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I. Declaration of the Commandment (verses 7-8a)

Old Testament – 10 Commandments

Last 6 deal with social relationships (a true expression

of heart attitudes – LOVE)

New Testament – John 13:34-35 Jesus said 3X

John 15:12-13; 17 John said 6X

1 Thessalonians 4:9

Romans 13:8

1 Peter 1:22

II. Transformation of the Commandment (verse 8b)

True in Him (Jesus) and you

1. Jesus: Sacrifice for sin (darkness is past)

2. You: Love of God in heart; power of the Holy Spirit

(Light now shining) shining – to show; empower or reveal

III. Illustration of the Commandment (verses 9-11)

Interpersonal Relationships within the Body of Christ

Agape’ love – the steady direction of the will for the good of another.

Result: No cause for stumbling in you

Ephesians 4:27, “Neither give place to the Devil”

“Do not give the Devil an opportunity” (NASB)


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