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 Jn 3:
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.
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.
Jesus gave His life for a world and people that mostly despised Him so that they “have the right to become children of God.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
1 Jn 3:
This isn’t a new discovery or relatively new commandment, no its been around since the beginning.
1 Jn 3:11-
We will worship with our brethren as much as humanly possible.
The Hebrew writer asked the question...
He then answered it.
We will visit our brethren that are struggling physically.
James talks about this love.
Once again, pure religion isn’t just “showing up,” it’s more than that, is wanting to be there to help as well.
We will visit our brethren that are struggling spiritually.
Brotherly love is caring about the soul of our brethren.
We will compete with our brothers and sisters.
Paul would tell the church in Rome...
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.
We can talk about loving God all day long, but it is simply impossible to love God without loving each other.
“Of all the commentaries on the Scriptures, good examples are the best.”