Last week Tal asked us 2 questions about love.
What is the nature of Love and can man love with God?
We learned that love is God’s Nature and if we hope to have love it is God we must turn to.
Man cannot hope to love in it’s fullest sense without God.
Because, God is Love!
[let’s quickly look at God’s nature…]
I. God’s nature is love
John through Scripture confirms our title and thought...
1 Jn 4:8
His love is perfectly expressed within the Trinity
Many more scriptures confirm God’s nature as love.
See also Jn 5:20; Jn 10:17; Jn 14:23; Eph 1:6; Col 1:13
[There are 4 characteristics we can discuss about God’s Love…]
Characteristics of God’s love
A. It is eternal
As mentioned in 1 Cor God or love never fails...
See also Ps 103:17; Ps 136:1–26; Is 49:15–16; Is 54:8; Is 54:10
B. It is a covenant love
God’s is Love and that love is a promise; a covenant in which we can be secure and significant if we would trust and abide in that love...
See also Ex 20:6; Dt 7:12; 1 Ki 8:23; Ps 106:45; Da 9:4
C. It is lavish
Exodus speaks to the lavish nature of God’s love when it mentions a “thousand years” keeping steadfast love...
See also Ne 9:17; Ps 103:8; Joe 2:13; Jon 4:2; 1 Jn 3:1
Nehemaih reminded the people when they returned to Jerusalem...
The Psalmist puts the love of God to poetry...
Jonah recognized the lavish nature of God’s love...
The love Apostle reveals the lavishness of God’s love...
D. It is holy and just
The love that is God and from God is not warped or unseemly, twisted nor inappropriate.
See also Ps 37:28; Ps 99:4; Is 61:8
Images of God’s love
God’s love is demonstrated to us in images of father and also as husband...
A. God as a father:
Dt 1:31; Ho 11:1–4; Lk 15:11–32; Heb 12:6; Pr 3:12
We even are told of the discipline of God’s love because He wants the best for us...
B. God as a husband:
Je 31:32; Ho 2:14–20; Re 21:2
God’s loving actions
How about the many ways we can experience the love of God...
A. The gift of God’s Son is a unique act of love
1 Jn 4:9-10
See also Jn 3:16; Jn 15:13; Ro 5:7–8
B. God sets his love on the unlovely
See also Eze 16:1–14; Ro 5:8; Eph 2:4–5
C. God always acts in love towards believers
See also 2 Co 13:14; 2 Jn 3
God’s love transforms human love
God’s love certainly is transformational...
A. Human love must respond to God’s love
1 Jn 4:19
See also Dt 6:5; Dt 30:6; Eph 5:1; Col 3:12–14
B. Human love must be modelled on God’s love
See also Ho 3:1; 1 Jn 2:15; 1 Jn 4:7–8; 1 Jn 4:11–12
God’s Invitation and Plan of Salvation
Hear - Romans 10:17
Romans 10:17 ESV 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Believe and Confess - Romans 10:9-10
Romans 10:9–10 ESV 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.
Repent - Luke 13:3
Luke 13:3 ESV 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
Be Baptized - Acts 2:38
Acts 2:38 (ESV) 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Remain Faithful - Revelation 2:10
Revelation 2:10 ESV 10 Do not fear what you are about to suffer.
Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have tribulation.
Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.
New to the Faith?
Have you fallen away from Faith
Need to be Restored
My Decision Today
I would like to be baptized today
I would like to renew my life to Christ
I would like to learn more about Jesus and the Bible
Questions: What are my next steps?
Come forward to be baptized
Request a Bible Study to learn more
Attend Bible Class to grow and mature
Find a place to serve others
Apply today’s lesson to my life