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Man's Love In Response To God's: Brotherly Love

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Introduction

Greetings...
For almost the entire month of January we studied one thing with the Sunday morning sermons…God’s Love For Man.
We studied God’s love for man even in his sin.
We studied God’s love for man in salvation wherein proclamation concerning salvation, procreation of salvation, and production creating salvation was studied.
We also studied God’s love for man in salvation through the process of salvation for all mankind today, through the promised Holy Spirit’s seal which protects our salvation and gives us an inheritance in heaven.
God made proclamation about Jesus and salvation.
We then, starting this month, began looking at “Man’s Love In Response To God’s Love.”
God made procreation of Jesus and salvation.
We examined how, if we love God, we will seek to “remove all sin” from our lives.
God made production
We will do so, as we studied last week, by understanding God’s methods for removing sin within God’s precious Word.
This brings us to today.
Today we are going to study how God’s love for us should be reciprocated through our love for our fellow brothers and sisters.
1 John 3:10–13 ESV
10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.
1 John 3:10–18 ESV
10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. 12 We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.
1 Jn
1 Jn 3:
1 John 3:14–18 ESV
14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. 15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. 16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

God’s Example To Us

The Godhead is our greatest example.

In fact, part of Jesus’ reason for coming to this earth was to be the perfect example to all mankind.
John 13:13–16 ESV
13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. 16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him.
Matthew 16:24 ESV
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Ephesians 5:1–2 ESV
1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. 2 And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Jesus didn’t just come to be a sacrifice for sins but also to be a “God in the flesh example” of righteous living.

The Godhead’s example of love.

God sent His only begotten Son to a world and people that hated and rejects Him mostly.
Romans 5:8 ESV
8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Jesus gave His life for a world and people that mostly despised Him so that they “have the right to become children of God.”
John 1:11–12 ESV
11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,
Jn 1:1
The Holy Spirit who, like the Father & Son, has seen man’s atrocities and yet still places a seal of salvation on the soul of man and guarantees his salvation if man walks in the light.
Ephesians 1:13–14 ESV
13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

Summery

God the Father, Son, and Spirit are all perfect examples of loving others i.e. their creation.
That is why we are to “Love Our Brothers & Sisters.”

Love Our Brothers & Sisters

Loving God demands loving our brethren.

Simply put we cannot love God, whom we have not visibly seen, without loving our brothers & sisters whom we do visibly see.
1 John 4:20 ESV
20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
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1 John 3:15 ESV
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

Loving Our brothers & sisters.

What are some ways in which we can know we “love our fellow brethren?”
We will cherish being around our brethren before or after services.
Someone once said...
“You can tell the love a congregation has for each other, not by their collective worship, but by their actions before and after services.”
The point was that a congregation that likes each other will “come early” or “stick around after” because they really like being around each other.
Proverbs 17:17 ESV
17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
How can we know each other or our adversities if we don’t like being around each other and aren’t around each other?
We will love, not dread, being around each other on days not called Sunday.
If we love the brethren we will enjoy spending time with them and not try to “get out of it.”
Acts 2:46–47 ESV
46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Ac 2:46-
1 Jn 3:
1 John 3:10 ESV
10 By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
This isn’t a new discovery or relatively new commandment, no its been around since the beginning.
1 John 3:11 ESV
11 For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1 Jn 3:11-
We will worship with our brethren as much as humanly possible.
The Hebrew writer asked the question...
Hebrews 10:24 ESV
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,
He then answered it.
Hebrews 10:25 ESV
25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
We will visit our brethren that are struggling physically.
James talks about this love.
James 1:27 ESV
27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
Once again, pure religion isn’t just “showing up,” it’s more than that, is wanting to be there to help as well.
Eph
Ephesians 4:2 ESV
2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love,
We will visit our brethren that are struggling spiritually.
Brotherly love is caring about the soul of our brethren.
Galatians 6:1–2 ESV
1 Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
We will compete with our brothers and sisters.
Paul would tell the church in Rome...
Romans 12:10 ESV
10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.
Romans 12:10 LEB
10 being devoted to one another in brotherly love, esteeming one another more highly in honor,

Summery

I know you all and I have been to congregations that “just didn’t seem friendly” which is translated “didn’t seem to show their love.”
There are a variety of reason for this but non of them are biblical.
We cannot love God and not love each other, simple as that.

Conclusion

We can talk about loving God all day long, but it is simply impossible to love God without loving each other.
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“Of all the commentaries on the Scriptures, good examples are the best.”

Matthew 25:37–40 ESV
37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Mt 25:
Invitation
Isaiah 59:1–2 ESV
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Philippians 2:6–7 ESV
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
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